Adult Degree Completion: Public Administration Track Degree Program

The Public Administration Professional Studies track is a degree completion program designed for adult learners planning careers in all levels of public service, non-profit management, and private sector leadership roles where knowledge of public sector contracts, regulatory compliance, and other oversight activities is required.  Employment opportunities exist for the professional who understand government regulatory policies and who can assist employers seeking government contracts for private sector outsourcing.  Public Administration Professional track graduates will possess the skills to interpret, navigate, and lobby for regulatory and administrative change and have an advantage in both the public and private sector job markets as governmental liaisons or in regulatory/compliance/public contract sections leadership positions.

Public Administration Professional Studies graduates will gain competency in employer desired instruction related to:

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Oral and written communications
  • Leadership
  • Social intelligence
  • Professional job skills

Earning a degree in the Public Administration Professional Studies Track will provide a competitive advantage in securing a full-time position at a higher salary.

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Adult Degree Completion Curriculum

Total Hours: 120

Core Competency: 18 hours
Professional Track: 18 - 20 hours
General Education: 36 hours
University Wellness Requirement: 3 hours
Free Electives: 43 – 45 hours

University ACCT and Exit Requirement: included in Core Competency
University Writing Intensive Requirement: included in Core Competency
Student Success Seminar: waived for students with > 30 hours.

Core Competency Courses (18 hours)

(All students take the core courses)

Public Administration Track Courses (18 hours)

AND any three (3) of the following:

Course Descriptions

CRE 101W Introduction to Applied Creativity

(3) A. Prerequisite or Co-requisite ENG 102. An introductory course establishing a foundation in creative thinking through instruction in basic theories and practices. Concentration on basic language and fundamental and powerful concepts in creativity studies.

EES 250 Basic Social Intelligence Skills

(3) I. II. A focus on human relationships and researched based social skills. Students learn to operationalize theories into social intelligence skills and practice initiating, observing, listening, evaluating, and responding in ways that promote positive interactions and relationships. Gen. Ed. Element 1C [OC].

EES 300 Advanced Social Intelligence Skills

(3) I, II. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: EES 250 or departmental approval. This is an advanced course that builds on the core skills presented in Basic Social Intelligence Skills. It provides additional knowledge and skills for successfully engaging in more complex social and professional interactions and relationships.

EES 310 Applied Critical Thinking

(3) A. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. This course will address the application of critical thinking skills within various fields of study. Students will learn critical thinking skills and how to integrate them into a successful career.

GSD 399 Professional Skill Development

(3) Prerequisites: Junior standing. Will help students recognize and build skills needed for desired career fields. Topics include: job search, resumes, cover letters, interview skills, and making connections between academic experiences and professional goals.

EES 450 Leaders Without Titles

(3) I. II. This course focuses on the personal dimensions that are needed to form the foundation of one’s competencies and abilities to lead self and others.

POL 101 Introduction to American Government

(3) I, II. Principles, functions, and basic political institutions of the American system of government at the national level. Gen. Ed. E-5A, E-5B. Credit will not be awarded for both POL 101 and POL 101S.

POL 370 Introduction to Public Administration

(3) A. Survey of organization, authority, decision-making, intra-organization communications, and application of principles of the American bureaucracy by case studies.

POL 374 Introduction to Public Policy

(3) A. Introduction to the role of federal, state, and local governments in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policies. Examples of policy decisions which might be covered include energy, housing, environmental quality, and social services.

POL 373 Politics of Development in Appalachia

(3) A. Cross-listed as APP 373. This course examines community and economic development in the Appalachian region with special emphasis on Kentucky. Focus will be on the political, economic and social aspects affecting development. Credit will not be awarded for both POL 373 and APP 373.

POL 376 Public Human Resources

(3) A. Policies, and practices for human resources management in public services. Civil Service systems and reforms, diversity and affirmative action, managing, compensating, and motivating employees.

POL 377 Public Budgeting

(3) A. The political consideration of budget formulation, budget strategy, and budget execution. An analysis of the role of taxes, spending, program evaluation, and planning in the budgeting process at the federal, state, and local levels.

POL 533 Seminar In State and Local Politics

(3) A. A topical analysis of the institutions, policies, and administration of American state and local government. May be retaken to a total of six hours credit, provided subject matter differs each time.

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