Find your niche in public service

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Public Administration at St. Edward’s University prepares students for jobs in the public sector, including governmental organizations at the local, state, or federal level.

Students are able to select coursework drawing from various disciplines. The program focuses on teaching learning skills and knowledge to enhance the student’s ability to serve in the areas of public service, political science, public safety, organizational leadership and criminal justice.

The Public Administration major engages students in an intellectually challenging and rewarding course of study.

Students will learn:
  • Skills, aptitude, and knowledge for working in a large, pubic organization
  • About designing, implementing, and evaluating campaigns and initiatives structured to improve the environment, transportation, and other areas
  • How municipal programs are structured, budgeted, managed, and implemented

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 12 CREDIT HOURS)

Consult an admission coordinator for credit transfer options.

Outcomes

Career options include:
  • Managing the daily operations of a city government
  • Supervising public policy development that translates into legislation in areas such as healthcare, education, and transportation

Graduates of this program also can use their skills in the private sector. 

For example, as a:
  • Fundraiser for a nonprofit organization
  • 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.