Bachelor's Degree (BPA) in Public Administration
The Bachelor of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management Degree is offered through the Department of Political Science. The aim of these programs is to prepare students to serve as ethical leaders and managers in public and nonprofit settings. Students are able to identify practices in organizations that will enhance the pillars of public service: effectiveness, economy, efficiency, and equity. Pre-service and mid-career students will develop skills and knowledge to support public and third sector agencies including, but not limited to: management; funding; human resources; organizational theory; budgeting; assessment; policy; research; leadership; federal, state, and local government; and program evaluation.
The Political Science Department and the Family and Human Services Department also jointly offer a Certificate of Nonprofit Management.
Student Learning Outcomes
Public Administration Students at Washburn University, upon graduation, are expected to have acquired basic knowledge in the following subfields:
- Apply organizational, managerial, economic, leadership, and political theory to public and nonprofit issues.
- Utilize ethical decision-making practices to enhance or improve service provision to the public.
- Analyze how equity, efficiency, effectiveness, and economy can create conflicting goals and outcomes for agencies.
- Demonstrate skills related to budgeting, funding, managing, and administering public and nonprofit organizations in global and U.S. settings.
- Effectively communicate in public and in writing with citizens, stakeholders, clients, and other public entities.
Degrees and Certificates
The Bachelor in Public Administration (BPA) emphasizes Public and Non-Profit Management. The Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) degree leads to employment in state or local governments, non-profit agencies, the national government, or certain aspects of business relating to human resources management, government relations or government regulations. The BPA degree requires 24 credit hours of cognate courses 15 of which fulfill general education requirements, and not more than 40 political science and public administration credit hours as described below. The Department is active in seeking internships in public and non-profit agencies for Juniors and Seniors, leading in some cases to full-time employment.
Required Courses for the BPA Major (27 to 30 credit hours):
|PO 107||Kansas and the U.S., State and Local Government||3|
|PO 245||Introduction to Public Administration 1||3|
|PO 305||Public Policy||3|
|PO 307||Internship - State or Local Government||3-6|
|or PO 309||Kansas Legislative Experience|
|PO 390||Applied Political Research||3|
|PO 391||Public Personnel Administration||3|
|PO 393||Public Budgeting||3|
|PO 394||Public Management Techniques||3|
|PO 401||Program Evaluation Methods||3|
|or HS 495||Research and Evaluation|
|Select 9 to 12 credit hours from the following:||9-12|
|American Elections and Federalism|
|Problems in Public Administration|
|Non-PO Cognate Courses|
|EC 200||Principles of Microeconomics 2||3|
|EC 201||Principles of Macroeconomics 2||3|
|PY 100||Basic Concepts in Psychology 2||3|
|CN 101||Introduction to Communication Studies 2||3|
|SO 101||Social Problems 2||3|
|CM 101||Computer Concepts and Applications||3|
|AC 224||Financial Accounting||3|
|CN 308||Organizational Communication||3|
|or CN 350||Persuasion|
Taken sometime within the first 12 credit hours of the major.
These courses also count towards fulfilling the General Education and elective requirements of the University