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The Political Science Program is pleased to offer a Concentration in Public Administration & Policy

Public Administration & Policy Concentration
The Political Science Program’s Public Administration & Policy concentration at West Virginia State University provides a rigorous curriculum that combines a traditional management-oriented approach with an analytical, problem-solving emphasis. The hybrid, innovative administration-policy concentration uniquely prepares students with the skills necessary to address the challenges administrators face in the public arena, particularly the local, state, and federal governments.
In order to prepare highly qualified students to pursue many different careers after college, this curriculum, cultivates skills that enable individuals to manage and govern the public’s resources effectively, efficiently, and ethically; the program is designed to teach students the ‘business’ of government. Most of the graduates will pursue either graduate school in public administration or research and policy analysis.
An undergraduate curriculum, taken in preparation for post-graduate life, should encompass courses that emphasize analytical thinking, cogent writing, and confident verbal skills. Moreover, a student should have a profound understanding of the socio-political, historical, and economic contexts in which government functions. WVSU’s Political Science Program’s Public Administration & Policy emphasis can provide such a curriculum to those that choose to pursue it.
WVSU’s Political Science Program offers a set of core courses that are foundational for public administration and policy. The programs in Sociology, History, and Economics as well as Philosophy, Criminal Justice, and Business complement these core courses by offering a myriad of other courses from which our students can choose to complete their public administration and policy emphasis.

Students can also benefit from participation in an internship that focuses upon the government organization and management. Our public administration and policy program offers the opportunity to incorporate an internship into their curriculum. The most common internships with which the department is familiar consist of the Frasure Singleton Student Legislative Program and the Herndon Legislative Internship that take place at the WV State Legislature. Students should work with their advisor to pursue an internship that meets their needs and future goals.

Major Requirements — 20 hours
POSC 100 – Introduction to Government and Politics (3hrs)
POSC 101 – American Government (3hrs)
POSC 204 – State and Local Politics (3hrs)
POSC 205 – Political Science as a Profession (2hrs)
POSC 225 – Strategic Decision-Making (3hrs)
POSC 311 – Methodology and Research (3hrs)
POSC 400 – Senior Capstone Experience (3hrs)
POSC 497 – Internship (3hrs) – Faculty Approval Required
Public Administration & Policy Core Courses — 24 hours
POSC 306 – The American Presidency (3hrs)
POSC 307 – Introduction to Public Administration (3hrs)
POSC 405 –  Politics and Public Policy (3hrs)
BUSA 301 – Fundamentals of Management (3hrs)
BUSA 310 – Personnel Management—Human Relations (3hrs)
BUSA 320 – Organizational Behavior (3hrs)
Chose two upper-division (300 level or higher) political science courses (Faculty Approval)

Core Cognates — 18 hours
PSYC 200 – Statistics for the Social Sciences (3hrs)
Same Modern Foreign Language (6hrs)
ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics (3hrs)
ECON 202 – Principles of Microeconomics (3hrs)
HIST 207 – American History to 1865 (3hrs)
HIST 208 – American History from 1865 (3hrs)
ENGL 112 – Technical Writing (3hrs)
ENGL 201 – Advanced Effective Communication (3hrs)
ENGL 204 – Writing for Business and Other Professions (3hrs)
Electives to bring the total to — 120 hours
For more information peruse the following links:
American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA)
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)

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