Courses Offered in Public and Nonprofit Administration

Public Administration Courses

  • Courses numbered 200-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate.
    Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

Pub Adm 243: Public Administration. 3 units; U.
The means used to implement political values with emphasis on problems of administration in modern government.

Pub Adm 331: Comparative Public Administration. 3 units; U.
Public administration in diverse cultures and national settings, stressing bureaucratic organization, personnel, administrative control, and the decision-making process. Prereq: jr st.

Pub Adm 400: Ethics and Responsibility in Public Administration. 3 cr. U/G.
How public administrators make ethically-sound decisions; moral and value systems that shape public administration; temptations that can cause officials to stray from ethical standards. Counts as repeat of Pol Sci 387 w/"Administrative Ethics & Responsibility" subtitle. Prereq: jr st.

Pub Adm 452: Administrative Law. 3 cr. U/G.
An examination of due process, privacy, and other constitutional and legal issues as they arise in the regulatory investigatory, and enforcement activities of administrative agencies. American politics course. Pol Sci 452 & Pub Adm 452 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st.

Pub Adm 461: Organizational Theory and Practice. 3 cr. U/G.
Analysis of the role of organizations in contemporary society, with particular emphasis on governmental organizations that have formal regulation of individual group behavior as their basic functions. Prereq: jr st.

Pub Adm 462: Public Policy Planning. 3 cr. U/G.
Interaction among administrative, legislative and legal aspects of the policy planning process, particularly the areas of goal selection, priority determination, program development and evaluation. Prereq: jr st.

Pub Adm 470: Public Personnel Administration. 3 cr. U/G.
Analysis of the problems encountered in personnel administration in the public sector, including recruitment, testing, merit, affirmative action, promotion, and discipline. Prereq: jr st.

Pub Adm 630: Budgeting and Finance in the Public Sector. 3 cr. U/G.
Examination of the budgeting process in the public sector; development of skills in budgeting and financial management. Topics include capital budgeting, debt management, revenue forecasting, and auditing. Jointly-offered w/& counts as repeat of UrbPlan 630. Prereq: sr st or cons instr.

Pub Adm 705: Government Public Relations. 3 cr. G.
External communication in public administration for democratic accountability and fulfilling the mission of the agency, such as responsiveness, outreach, and public sector advertising. Prereq: grad st.

Pub Adm 750: Public Administration Risk and Analysis. 3 cr. G.
Efficiency analysis; return-on-investment analysis; shared services vs. privatization; total employee compensation as a management tool; risk mitigation; the government purchasing process. Prereq: grad st.

Pub Adm 763: Scope and Dynamics of Public Administration. 3 cr. G.
The field of public administration, including organization theory, public management, the politics of administration, and the role of government in policy-making. Pol Sci 763 & Pub Adm 763 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.

Pub Adm 769: Analyzing and Evaluating Public Policies and Programs. 3 cr. G.
Examination of methods, including cost-benefit analysis and decision analysis, that aid policy makers and administrators in understanding and assessing public and nonprofit sector policies and programs. Pol Sci 769 & Pub Adm 769 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.

Pub Adm 792: Decision-Making for Nonprofit and Public Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Research methods including research design, measurement, and analysis. Qualitative and quantitative decision-making methods. Understanding and using basic statistical concepts and techniques in decision making. Nonprof 792 & Pub Adm 792(Pol Sci 792) are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.

Pub Adm 888: Candidate for Degree. 0 cr. G.
Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirement. Fee for 1 cr assessed. Prereq: grad st.

Pub Adm 914: Seminar in Intergovernmental Relations. 3 cr. G.
Policy issues in intergovernmental relations and the complex governmental context in which Americans live and work. Pol Sci 914 & Pub Adm 914 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.

Pub Adm 921: Public Service Administrative Internship. 3 cr. G.
This course combines a supervised field placement in a governmental agency or non-profit organization with class sessions and assignments designed to augment the work experience. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.

Pub Adm 958: Seminar in Public Administration: (Subtitled). 3 cr. G.
Selected topics covering different aspects of public administration. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st.

Pub Adm 959: Capstone Seminar in Public Administration. 3 cr. G.
Seminar in public administration focusing on administrative ethics and applied research. Requires written and oral presentation of research project. Prereq: grad st; completion of MPA core curriculum.

Pub Adm 965: Municipal Management. 3 cr. G.
The political, social, and economic contexts in which the urban manager functions, with an emphasis on managing municipal service delivery and resources. Pub Adm 965(Pol Sci 965) & Urb Std 965 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.

Pub Adm 999: Independent Study. 1-3 cr. G.
Independent study in a subject area of special need or interest after consultation with a faculty member. Prereq: grad st.


Nonprofit Administration Courses

  • Courses numbered 200-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate.
    Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

Nonprof 704: Seminar in Nonprofit Management. 3 cr. G.
Overview of structure, functions, and governance of nonprofit organizations. Comparison with government and for-profit organizations. Nonprof 704, Pol Sci 704, Sociol 704, & Urb Std 704 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.

Nonprof 705: Professionals and Volunteers in Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Seminar in techniques of management of professionals and volunteers in nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit 705 & Pol Sci 705 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st.

Nonprof 765: International Nongovernmental Organizations. 3 cr. G.
International nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) and the roles they play in relief and development work in developing countries. Counts as a repeat of Pol Sci 958 & Pub Adm 958 w/same topic. Prereq: grad st.

Nonprof 785: Managing Change in Public and Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Methods and techniques in the research and practice of organization development. Counts as repeat of Pol Sci 958 & Pub Adm 958 w/same topic. Prereq: grad st.

Nonprof 789: Theory and Role of Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Graduate-level introduction to nonprofit administration, including an examination of the role of the nonprofit sector in contemporary society. Prereq: grad st.

Nonprof 791: Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy. 3 cr. G.
Strategies and methods of nonprofit advocacy and their use by nonprofit organizations in shaping public policy. Implications of the public policy process for nonprofit organizations. Prereq: grad st.

Nonprof 792: Decision Making for Public and Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Research methods including research design, measurement, and analysis. Qualitative and quantitative decision-making methods. Understanding and using basic statistical concepts and techniques in decision making. Prereq: grad st.

Nonprof 793: Law of Nonprofit Organizations. 3 cr. G.
Legal concepts and issues relevant to the formations and operations of nonprofit organizations. Complying with applicable federal and state states and regulations. Prereq: grad st.

Nonprof 795: Introduction to Nonprofit Revenue Streams and Portfolios. 3 cr. G.
Trends and issues surrounding nonprofit finance in an attempt to sketch a portrait of nonprofit finance theory. Counts as repeat of Pol Sci 958 & Pub Adm 958 w/same topic. Prereq: grad st.

Nonprof 888: Candidate for Degree. 0 cr. G.
Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirement. Fee for 1 cr assessed. Prereq: grad st.

Nonprof 921: Nonprofit Administrative Internship. 3 cr. G.
This course combines a supervised field placement in a non-profit organization with class sessions and assignments designed to augment the work experience. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.

Nonprof 999: Independent Study. 3 cr. G.
Independent study in a subject area of special need or interest after consultation with a faculty member. Prereq: grad st.