Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix.  Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title. The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description. Prerequisites are also listed. A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.

Subject Prefix and Course NumberCourse NameSemester Credit HoursCourse DescriptionCross Listed CoursePrerequisite
PUA 301Public Budgeting Processes3An examination of the managerial components of budgetary processes in the government agencies.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 302Public Sector Management3A survey of the managerial issues in the government agencies including organization, personnel, budget, political accountability, clientele relations, and human resources development.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 303Research Methods in Public
3Application of social science research techniques to the problems of public
sector management. Development of analytical perspectives
in evaluating administrative research reports.
POS 301, SOC 301PSY 300, POS 300,
SOC 300 or CJE 434, SOW
434 or consent of instructor
or instructor
PUA 304Comparative Administrative Systems
and Policies
3An analysis of public management in selected nations
with specific focus on the comparison of public policies,
programs, and their implementations.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 305Contemporary Public Policy Issues3 An overview of selected public policy issues in America. The choice of topics may include tax policy,
health care, welfare, and foreign policy.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 322Management Information Systems3This course examines
technical, psychological and behavioral aspects
of information systems, life cycles, and information controls.
Not ApplicableCOS 100 or BUA 101
PUA 371Introduction to Public Health3A
survey course that develops an understanding and appreciation
for factors affecting health status and its
contribution to individual and community health.
HED 371, SOW 371HED 221 or consent of instructor
PUA 400Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation3Analysis of the impact of programs and policies in the public sector.Not ApplicablePUA 305 or consent of instructor
PUA 401Organizational Behavior and the Bureaucratic Structure3A study of behavior in public organizations and practical use of organizational theories in effective public management.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 402Human Resources Management in
Public Agencies
3An introduction to human resource management. The
topics may include recruitment, personnel development,
job analysis, productivity, employee assistance services, and grievance analysis.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 404African Public Administration and
3Compares the administrative system of Sub-Saharan
African countries in light of prevailing political, legal, economic, and cultural influences.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 491Internship3Integrates theoretical perspectives with work as an intern in a public or non-profit setting.Not ApplicableDeclared major or minor in Public Administration;
not already employed full-time in the field; prior permission of the instructor.
PUA 495Directed Study3An organized course of readings, oral and written reports, and examinations arranged by a faculty member whose areas of specialization coincides with the student’s interest.Not ApplicableSenior classification or consent of the dean.
PUA 497Special Topics3A seminar for the discussion of special topics in public administration. May be repeated once.Not ApplicableSenior classification or consent of instructor.
PUA 499Senior Seminar3A capstone experience for public administration
majors. The seminar will integrate theory and
research with practice
Not ApplicablePUA 302, PUA 303, PUA 305, and PUA 400, or consent of the dean.
PUA 500Perspectives on Public
3Provides conceptual perspectives on management in
the public sector. Topics covered include public policy, organization theory, management, planning, financial management, leadership, and intergovernmental
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 501Quantitative Methods3A study of statistical measures from a managerial perspective
and the use of social science package computer programs for doing statistical analyses.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 503Research Methods and Policy Analysis3An
introduction to skills and concepts useful for research involving analysis and evaluation of public policy and programs.
Not ApplicablePUA 501 or consent of instructor
PUA 504Organization Theory3Surveys the theories of complex organizations. Special emphasis will be placed on theories dealing with public bureaucracies.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 505Information Management for the Public Sector3Develops understanding of computer systems and networks. Instills awareness of public sector information
management issues such as privacy, security, and accessibility.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 506Human Resource Management in
the Public Sector
3Provides students with an overview of personnel management
concepts and focuses on various functions
and laws which comprise the public personnel management.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 605Public Sector Economics3This course provides an introduction to microeconomics
and macroeconomics. Emphasis is on the
leading indicators and the institutions which shape public policy.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 606Fundraising and Grantsmanship3Explores the techniques associated with fundraising for government and nonprofit organizations. The course includes an analysis of grant writing, special event, and direct donations.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 607Budgeting in Government Agencies3Applies budgetary principles and theories to the actual preparation of sample budget documents in the local, state, and federal agencies. Critical analysis of budget
documents carried out in a series of classroom exercises. Use of computer program in budget preparation will be introduced.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 612Human Resource Law3Introduces students to varying regulations and concepts with which they must deal in administering the personnel functions of an organization.Not ApplicablePUA 506
PUA 614Applied Human Relations3Applies human relations theory and practice to the
public sector to develop a people-in-systems focus that will meet the needs of government workers.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 616Current Topics in Public Sector Human Resource Management3Examines changes taking place in Human Resource Management in the public sector. May be repeated twiceNot ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 633Seminar on Development Administration3Critically examines ways in which governmental, nongovernmental,
and international aid organizations provide
assistance to developing countries.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 634Political and Administrative
3Develops theoretical understanding by examining
processes through which political and administrative
development occur. Utilizes this perspective to analyze contemporary challenges confronting developing nations.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 635Globalization and Development3Examines controversies concerning globalization from the perspectives of both wealthy and development nations.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 636Current Topics in International
3Examines issues taking place in development nations,
or involving interactions between wealth and developing societies. May be repeated twice.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 645Seminar in Nonprofit Management and
Community Development
3An introduction to management issues in nonprofit
organizations and the community development process.
The course looks at economic, cultural, and social issues in underdeveloped communities.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 648Current Topics in Non-Profit Administration3Examines changes taking place in the management of
non-profit organizations. May be repeated twice.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 685Ethics for Public Sector Management3Enables students to recognize ethical dilemmas in
public sector management, develop their skills of ethical
analysis, and to be aware of their own personal moral judgments.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 687Advanced Topics in Public
3Focus on issues of current interest in the public sector.
Topics include the determination, review, and analysis of timely public affairs topics. May be repeated twice.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 689Directed Study3Completion of approved project designed to provide
the student with an opportunity to develop an area of
expertise not covered by the regular curriculum. May be repeated once.
Not ApplicablePresentation in writing of a detailed study plan, permission of the instructor who will direct the work, and approval by the academic unit head.
PUA 691Human Resource Management Seminar3Applied public sector personnel
management as viewed from the theoretical,
legal, and practical perspective. Special emphasis on the development of personnel policies and plans.
Not ApplicablePUA 506
PUA 699Internship in Public Administration3Integrates theoretical perspectives with work as an intern in a public or non-profit settingNot ApplicableNot already employed full-time in the field; prior permission of the instructor
PUA 797Residence Credit for Thesis/
Professional Project
0MPA students who have already earned 6 semester
credit hours in PUA 798 and 799 may be registered for
this course which will enable them to use university resources for research.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
PUA 799Thesis0Independent and original research on a specialized topic in Public Administration.
Oral defense is required. May be repeated once.
Not ApplicablePrevious approval by a Public Administration
faculty committee.