The study of Public Administration primarily prepares students  for  career  employment  as  supervisors, managers, and decision-makers in the public sector, including local, state, and federal government agencies. In addition,  graduates with a  B.A. in Public Administration  may  be  eligible  for  employment  in similar capacities in the non-profit sector.

The  liberal  studies  education  at  Kentucky  State University is characterized by intellectual breadth and depth.  Students working toward the Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration majors pursue a curriculum that includes exposure to the substantive approach and insight of different disciplines.  The curriculum includes intensive training in analytical techniques and offers in- depth education in social sciences related to the management of public services.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation.  In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones.  Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.

Program Requirements

To satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration, students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, including one hour of orientation (HON 103), the University’s Liberal Studies  Requirements  (53  semester  credit  hours including ECO 200), with 39 semester credit hours for the major in Public Administration, which includes 30 semester credit hours of Public Administration courses: PUA 301, 302, 303, 304, 322, 400, 401, 402, 491, and 499; one English course: ENG 216; POS 101; and one statistics course: either POS/PSY/SOC 300 or SOW/CJE 400.  The remaining 30 semester credit hours consist of 6 free electives, 3 Inter-cultural Electives, and 18 career electives.

Six hours of electives may be freely chosen from any field of study.   The following courses may fulfill the Inter-cultural Elective requirement:

  • Any of the following foreign language courses, beyond those used to fulfill the Liberal Studies Requirement: ASL 171, 172; FRE 101, 102, 201,202; ITA 101, 102; JPN 171, 172; KOR 171, 172; RUS 171, 172;SPA 101, 102, 201, 202.
  • Any   of    the   following   Integrative   Studies courses, beyond those used to fulfill the Liberal Studies Requirement: IGS 301, 302, 303, 304. Speech 302.
  • Sociology 303 or 304.
  • Any course completed through a Study Abroad Consortium in which KSU participates.
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