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Below is just a small sample of courses you’ll take as a Public Administration major at Jessup. This list is not a guide for course selection. It was created to give you a peek at the program’s academic offerings. For official program requirements, please see the current course catalog.

Major Courses (3 Units)

The following courses are part of the requirement for this major and are recommended to fulfill general education requirements.

This course provides a historical and institutional review of American government, tracing its development following the Revolutionary War and Constitutional Convention to its modern structures. The course will provide an overview of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches as well as governmental agencies and institutions within and outside these branches.

Core Courses (41 Units)

An introduction to political theory and philosophy, this course surveys classic and modern thinkers and writings that provide the context for and development of contemporary political thought, structures, and society. The course provides foundational principles of American government and politics and for a comparative study of governments and politics worldwide.

This course provides an overview of U.S. political processes in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches with an emphasis in electoral process. The course will also provide an introduction to specific administrative processes, between branches and within agencies. Students will develop an understanding of how political structures develop and implement policy.

This course is intended to serve as an undergraduate introduction to the study and practice of public administration. Although the field has a shorter history than other social sciences, gaining a perspective on the way in which it has developed helps to understand the current practice of administering the public’s business. It is also important to understand the broader social and political environment within which public administration functions as well as the dynamics of behavior within large organizations. Indeed, to be successful, a well-trained administrator must have a clear grasp of the continuing issues that have shaped the field since its inception.

This course covers the major administrative theories that drive macro-level public behavior. The course will discuss the significance of the study of public administration, how theorists and practitioners have sought to develop formal perspectives on public management that have constructed an integrated perspective on public management. The course will examine a range of management issues and strategies within the context of managing public organizations including the day-to-day dilemmas faced by competent public managers.

Biblical principles and ethical standards provide the basis for an understanding of Christian policymaking. This course provides a review and discussion of the moral and ethical standards and conduct for public sector leadership and service. Coursework includes a review of biblical teaching on ethics, other prominent writings on ethics principles and ethical practices, and application of such principles and practices to a modern ethics issue or case study.

This course provides an overview of California state and local government. The course examines the major state offices and their bureaucracies, the California state legislature and budget process, and local governments. This course will establish an understanding of how state government works and interacts with county and city governments, and the role of the players and policies that influence and are influenced by state and local government.

The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the United States and provides the foundation for the laws, processes and structures of our government and political system. This course will provide an understanding of the major provisions of this document as they relate to American government and politics. The course will also highlight the rights and responsibilities of citizens and residents, and introduce civil rights protected by the Constitution and related legislation.

A study of the theories and practices of human resource management; strategies to secure, develop and maintain a productive workforce; job analysis, work design, HR planning, recruitment, selection, training, evaluation, compensation and benefits, EEO, OSHA, labor relations, employee rights and discipline.

This course provides an introduction to the context, theory, process, and practice of state and local economic development policy. The objectives of the course are 1) to provide an introduction to the concepts, ideas, and strategies employed in the pursuit of economic development; 2) to review basic principles for critically examining alternative development policies and programs; 3) to reflect on the goals and objectives of economic development efforts; 4) to examine the economic, political, and social context in which development policymaking occurs; 5) to survey and critically review the range of strategies commonly used to improve the economic prospects of neighborhoods, cities, and regions; and 6) to hone your ability to critically analyze and present your analysis in a variety of mediums.

This course is an introductory course in government budgeting and finance, dealing with public revenue and expenditure policies, financial management, and politics of the budgetary process. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theories, concepts, and practice of government budgeting and finance and to expose them to the current issues and challenges in this field.

The administrative law process, concentrating upon the functions and procedures of federal and state administrative agencies and upon judicial review of agency actions. Specific topics include the constitutional position of administrative agencies, the availability and scope of judicial review, legislative and executive control of administrative discretion, the administrative power to investigate, the process of decision within the agency, and the constitutional right to an administrative hearing.

Senior year program of activity in public policy field. Involves field supervision and a faculty advisor. Interns will complete a regimen of assigned tasks and written reports.

Students will learn basic methods to research and compile statistical, historical, and legal data for policy analysis. The course will provide working examples and opportunities to apply research methods to current policy issues.

A capstone course, the purpose of this senior seminar is to provide intensive analysis and practical application of the public policy issues and institutions studied in the first through third year curriculum for Public Policy, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration. The senior seminar will survey major policy areas and provide focused discussion of policy topics of the day through the lens of the student’s own leadership trajectory as explored and identified by themselves and their peers. The course culminates in a focused study of a policy topic to be selected by the student.

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