Bachelor of Science in Public Administration - Course Descriptions


AC 201 – Accounting Principles I

This survey course in financial accounting emphasizes the use of financial accounting information in decision making by individuals in business, government, and other organizations. The accounting environment is examined along with the basic principles and concepts, which govern the recording and reporting of accounting data. Study of the language of debits and credits, accrual accounting, and the accounting cycle establishes the framework for comprehending how accounting data is transformed into the financial statements and utilized by decision makers. Accounting of current and long-term assets and liabilities is introduced along with the study of contributed capital, retained earnings and the non-operating components of income. The course concludes with comprehensive financial statement analysis for decision-making purposes. Throughout the course, where applicable, students will be exposed to global accounting standards (i.e., International Financial Reporting Standards.)

EC 201 - Macroeconomics

An introduction to the scope and method of economics with emphasis on the structure and operation of the United States economy: scarcity and resource allocation, the price system, national income and related problems, the role of government in the economic sphere, and theories of economic growth.

EC 202 - Microeconomics

A further introduction to the scope and method of economics with emphasis on the theory of the
firm, supply and cost of production, pricing and employment of resources, and theory of international trade.

FN 312 - Financial Management

Management and acquisition of resources for firms with regard to pricing in external markets. Topics include analysis of financial statements, risk and required rate of return, time value of money, financial asset valuation, capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, and financial forecasting.

LA 200 - Contracts, Agency, Partnerships, Corporations

A study of the legal aspects involved in the making of contracts and the enforcement thereof, both under the general law and under the Uniform Commercial Code. Also covers the legal aspects of the relationships of principal and agent and of the responsibilities resulting therefrom; and of the legal aspects involved in the formation, operation, and dissolution of partnerships and of corporations.

MG 200 - Administrative Management

This introductory course provides a global view of management. Comprehensive understanding is gained through a concentrated focus on the management functions and activities. Also covered are the implications, applications, and integration of management concepts with the objectives and policies of a business in a dynamic environment from a global perspective through analyzing and creating innovative solutions for business cases, situations, and problems. Significant computer interaction and use of the Internet is incorporated throughout the course's learning and application activities.

MG 250 - Human Resource Management

This course is a study of the staff work of a personnel department and of the specific techniques used in performing major personnel functions. Topics covered will include job analysis, employee selection and placement, wage and salary administration, merit rating, collective bargaining, and the day to day administration of personnel relations. Also covered will be the management of global human resource practices.

MG 370 - Organizational Behavior

Provides the framework for understanding the behavior of individuals functioning within an organization and the design and operation of effective and innovative organizations. The various topics addressed include the study of individual behavioral processes, interpersonal and group interaction, the design and functioning of innovative organizational structures, systems and processes, and creative and innovative change processes.

MG 390 - Operations Management

The planning and designing of products and processes, the determination of the appropriate resources, the transformation of those resources into products and services, and the distribution of those goods and services are covered in this course. The study will emphasize addressing those issues in a creative, innovative manner so as to gain a competitive advantage in a dynamic business environment. Some specific issues addressed in the course include forecasting demand, capacity decisions, facility layout, developing productivity, process and quality control, aggregate planning, inventory control, scheduling, and project management.

MS 305 - Business Systems Analysis

This course covers the tools and techniques necessary to analyze and evaluate logical models found in business systems. Casework is designed to familiarize students with current and innovative applications of information systems concepts and techniques. The course culminates with a major business system analysis project that includes student recommendations for system improvements. Students are strongly encouraged to work with real-world business applications.

PH 306 - Business Ethics

An inquiry into what constitutes ethical and non-ethical conduct in the context of business practice, policy, and relationships. Students receive grounding in the traditions of moral philosophy. Students will learn how ethical decisions are made and how ethical dilemmas get resolved. Topics include the responsibilities of business to employees and the responsibilities of employees to business, ethical issues related to consumers, environmental concerns, and issues faced by multinational corporations. Ethics and ethical behavior are discussed using a case study approach.

EC 317 - Public Finance

This course focuses on public financial administration, taxation, expenditure of public funds, and problems of the public debt as applied to federal, state, and local government.

ES 180 – Geographic Information Systems Fundamentals

This is a foundation course in map essentials, map scale, projection systems, map reading, and interpretation.  Students will learn about vector and raster system of representation and integration of non-spatial data with spatial data.

HI 345 - The Age of Globalization

Study of the globalization as an evolving international system from an historical perspective. Emphasis will be placed on major characteristics and the effects of globalization on the economic, political, and social trajectory of various regions and peoples. The course will also include an examination of how globalization continues to generate concern and opportunity in the developing world.

MG 285 – Principles of Management and Leadership

The primary focus of this course is on effective managerial leadership and decision making. Theories of leadership will be examined and critiqued. Case analysis and experiential analysis will provide opportunity to apply theory to managerial situations.

MG 290 - Labor Relations Management

Examines the underlying elements in a unionized and a non- unionized organization. The course will address the NLRA, accompanying regulations, and legal precedents which provide the framework for the organized labor movement. Included will be the process of union organizing, elections, collective bargaining, managing with a union contract, and conflict resolution through the grievance process and arbitration. Also covered will be the role of the manager in a non-union environment as compared to managers in an organized company. The development of a problem-solving process for employees, the role of benefits and compensation, as well as the training of managers in the positive management of employee relations will be reviewed.

PL 232 - Structure of Local and State Government

This course studies the governments and politics of states and metropolitan regions, the development of governmental structures and functions, and the politics and problems of state, urban, and metropolitan areas.

PL 240 - Introduction to International Studies

This course examines and analyze political, social, economic, cultural, sociological, and religious factors that shape and influence present-day global affairs. Special attention is given to both the characteristics of different world regions and their level of political and economic development. The dynamics of cross-cultural communication in international interactions will also be closely examined in the course.

PL 332 - Public Administration

The course focuses on principles of organization, location of authority, fiscal management, personnel management, and forms of administrative action in the public service.

PL 350 - Business and Government

An examination of public policy with respect to business institutions and issues in the United States, focusing on a thorough understanding of the collaboration between the public and private sectors and government intervention in business affairs.

PL 400 - Public Policy Analysis

A sequel to PL 332 - Public Administration. Students will have the opportunity to see how the concepts and theories they have previously studied in Public Administration are actually being incorporated into policy formulation, policy implementation, and policy evaluation. Policy development and the pre-policy stages (problem definition, policy demands, and agenda formation) will be emphasized. By taking this course, students will be able to examine and assess policy outputs in the form of observable and quantifiable results of public policy.

PL 423 - Internship in Public Administration

The public administration internship will facilitate the transition from the college environment to the work environment. Specifically, students will have the opportunity to apply the concepts and theories learned in the classroom to their field of work.

PL 440 - Seminar in Public Administration

The course reintroduces students to the theories and concepts studied in previous courses in the program and delves thoroughly into issues pertaining to public policy design, development, implementation and evaluation. The course examines the impact that various jurisdictions can have on policy implementation. Additionally topics such as theories of administrative organization and behavior, administrative law, and the interaction between public administration and the political process will be reviewed.

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