A minor in public management is designed for students who wish to prepare for a variety of employment opportunities in government and related fields. It provides an overview of public affairs at the national, state and local levels. Its emphasis is on acquainting students with the political context of public administration, issues of particular importance in the private sector, and the complexity of planning and decision-making. By emphasizing both professional skill and analytical thinking, it offers the possibility to develop valuable workplace skills and analytical capabilities that may qualify graduates for professional opportunities with local, state or federal agencies, and an ultimate career in the public sector. A public management minor also is solid preparation for graduate study in law, public administration, urban planning, public policy and political science. Students in the minor may arrange an internship to provide experience and practical exposure to public management.
The minor consists of 18 upper-level credits. All students must take the following courses:
POLI 310 Public Policy
POLI 331 Public Administration
URSP 322 Urban Finance
URSP 413 Policy Implementation
In addition, two of the following electives are required:
Note: Urban studies and geography students take POLI 321; political science students take URSP 541 or URSP 310.
GVPA 493 Government and Public Affairs Internship (see adviser)
POLI 321 City Politics
POLI 322 State and Local Government and Politics
POLI 329 Intergovernmental Relations
URSP 310 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
URSP 541 Urban Public Policy-making Processes