Curriculum Requirements

Core Required Courses9
Introduction to American National Government
Politics of the Administrative Process
Introduction to Public Policy
Politics, Social, Economic, and Legal
Choose 2 courses from the following:6
American Presidency
Economics for Politics and Public Administration
Politics of Growth Management
Democracy in Action: Local Government Simulation
State Government and Politics
Government in Metropolitan Areas
Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law 1
Administrative Law
Global Environmental Politics
U.S. Health Care Crisis: Politics and Policies
Environmental Policy Making
Civic Participation and Democracy
Government and Business
Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law 1
Analytical Tools and Communication Skills
Choose 2 courses from the following:6
Public Opinion
Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law 1
Statistics for Politics and Public Administration 2
Introductory Statistical Methods in Political Science 2
Advanced Statistical Methods in Political Science
Introduction to Game Theory for Political Science
Applied Policy Analysis
Public Policy Process and Implementation
Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law 1
Management of Public Organizations
Choose 2 courses from the following:6
Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law 1
Budget and Financial Management and Administration
Organizational Dynamics and Management
Public Affairs Internship
Problems in Public and Non-Profit Management
Non-Profit Organizations: Law, Policy, and Management
Human Resource Management in Public Service
Productivity in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors
Total Quality Public Service Management: Achieving High Performance Government
Politics and Ethics
Ethical and Manangerial Issues in Government, Business and Non-Profit Organization.
From Electronic Government to Digital Governance
Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law 1
Comparative Governance
Choose 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Politics and Society in Latin America
Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law 1
Comparative Public Policy and Administration
LGBTI Politics
Sex, Babies, and the State
Comparative Political Economy of Post-Industrial Democracies
International Development Policy
Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law 1
Additional Requirements9
First-Year Writing I
First-Year Writing II
Writing About Literature and Culture
Finite Mathematics #
Language Requirement3-9
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Minor Requirement15
Electives39
Total Credit Hours120
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 A minimum grade of C- in all courses offered by the department is required.

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 A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses offered by the department is required.

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A minimum of 21 credits must be earned in residency in the Department, thus a maximum of 9 credits can be transferred from other institutions as eligible credit for the Public Administration major. 

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The Quantitative Skills Proficiency Requirement helps students learn to use quantitative skills and tools to solve problems, including the interpretation, manipulation, and application of quantitative data. Students fulfill this requirement by completing either a Department of Mathematics course numbered MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II or higher, MTH 113 Finite Mathematics (recommended for non-STEM majors), or a statistics course approved by the student’s college/school and the University Curriculum Committee in consultation with appropriate academic units.

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Select POL 393 or 596 Courses may count with advisor approval

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A student may not count both POL 510 and POL 517 toward the major.

Mission

The Department of Political Science mission is to foster a community of scholars and students that encourages the quest for a deeper understanding of politics and develops a personal commitment to lifelong learning, intellectual growth, and civic responsibility. The Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration at the University of Miami provides the student a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing those in the public service with special emphasis-on administrative and managerial functions of government.

Goals

Through the study of public administration, our graduates will develop the skills and techniques necessary to serve as effective leaders and managers. They will be trained to effectively, efficiently, and equitably translate public policies into public programs and projects. Public administration coursework includes a comprehensive treatment of the broad political, social, economic and legal environment that serves as the context for government administration. The program stresses theory, research, and practice. The program builds on arts and science foundations to develop analytical and communication skill and a deep understanding of the management of public organizations. The public administration program prepares students for a range of careers in public service and provides them with a solid foundation for additional education in graduate or professional schools.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of public administration concepts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform social science research independently, analyze evidence and arguments critically, and draw reasoned conclusions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate theoretical concepts and empirical findings clearly.