Adult Learners

Resource Guide

Request more information, and you'll receive the downloadable New College resource guide.

Request Information »

Public Administration

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Public Administration at St. Edward’s prepares you for a variety of jobs in the public sector, such as managing city budgets, enforcing public safety policies, or launching new programs in areas like human and social services.

A degree in public administration from St. Edward’s lets you focus on different disciplines as they relate specifically to public service, such as business, political science, public safety, ethics, organizational leadership and criminal justice.
 

Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Public Administration

Overview:

As a BLS in Public Administration major, you’ll discover what it takes work in a large public organization, and create campaigns and initiatives — such as environmental, transportation or education — that have far-reaching effects on society. Ideal traits for this field include strong communication and organizational skills and the ability to interact with diverse audiences.

Career options include managing the daily operations of a city government and supervising public policy development, in areas like healthcare research, that translates into legislation.

Graduates of this program also can use their skills in the private sector — for example, as a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization or as a contract administrator who negotiates with city and state vendors for public services. Recent graduates have found employment with the Texas Department of Transportation, the State of Texas, the City of Austin, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas State Comptroller.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the New College Bulletin (course catalog).

REQUIRED COURSES FOR MAJOR (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Introduction to Public Management
• Public Finance or Budgeting for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
• Public Policy
• Intergovernmental Relations
• Legislative Process
• Public Personnel Management or Human Resource Administration in Government or Human Resource Management

SUPPORT COURSES FOR MAJOR (12 CREDIT HOURS):
• Introduction to Problem Solving in Computer Science
• Social Statistics
• American National Government
• State and Local Government

ELECTIVES IN THE MAJOR
Select four courses from the following areas (12 credit hours); at least 6 hours must be upper division.
Public Safety Management
• Introduction to Emergency Management
• Community Relations and Public Safety
• Planning and Decision-Making for Public Safety
• Budgeting for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
• Managing Public Safety/Agencies
• Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness
Organizational Communication
• Oral Communication Principles and Practices
• Foundations of Organizational Communication and Leadership
• Leadership Theory and Group Performance
• Group Communication and Team Building
• Conflict Resolution in Organizations
• Technical and Business Writing
Nonprofit and Human Services Management
• Nonprofit and Human Services Management
• Budgeting for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Other Course Options:
• Macroeconomics
• Organizational Behavior
• Modern Political Theory
• Financial Accounting
• Political Parties and Behavior
• American Political Thinking
• American Court System
Other Areas:
Political Science, Economics, Management, Finance, Accounting or other appropriate fields.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (UP TO 39 CREDIT HOURS)

MISSION COURSES (UP TO 13 CREDIT HOURS)

Consult an admission coordinator for credit transfer options.

Explore our 90+ Academic Programs

School of Management and Business