Public Administration, B.A.
Undergraduate Studies

Make positive changes in the world with a meaningful career in public service or nonprofit management.

This interdisciplinary program combines political science, business and sociology coursework to help you develop a distinctive set of managerial and operational skills to work for community or charitable organizations or for various branches of government. You will learn theories and practices of federal, state and local government administration as well as a range of business management skills and how to apply these tools in diverse settings.

You will take courses in management and leadership, human resources, economics, public sector accounting and finance, American politics, public policy, sociology, and leadership during crisis. Your classes will discuss current issues in public sector management as well as the role of administrators in developing and implementing public policy.

Opportunities

You will hone your skills through one or more internships, assisting with research, outreach and communications tasks common to public-facing organizations. Internship opportunities are available at local, county and state governments and executive offices; legislative offices; advocacy groups; or public policy and election campaigns.

You will conduct applied research projects and write a senior thesis. This will benefit your resume and give you an advantage, whether you continue your studies in graduate school or seek employment in public administration. This program provides an excellent foundation for a master’s degree in public administration or policy, which is a common requirement for advancement in the public sector.

You will have opportunities to grow as an active citizen who promotes ethical, responsible citizenship in your community, while cultivating an understanding of cultural and political diversity, world affairs and global interconnectedness.

Immaculata offers a pre-law program and legal studies minor, which enable students to complete a course sequence focused on legal principles, legal and political institutions, and advanced reasoning and communications skills. Pre-law students who meet program requirements are eligible for our accelerated 3+3-year program with Widener University Delaware Law School, with guaranteed admission and merit scholarships to the law school, and accelerated completion of their bachelor’s degree and J.D. in six years instead of seven.

Where Can I work

Public administration is a growing field, with high demand for new talent, according to private and public job tracking surveys in public and nonprofit administration in the last decade. Your degree will prepare you to manage programs and services through a government or nonprofit organization, and you can take pride in working for the common good.

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