July 28, 2014

Dr. Aziza Zemrani
Interim Program Director
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Department of Public Affairs & Security Studies
Social and Behavioral Sciences- SBS 229
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Public Administration Minor

The Public Administration Minor is concerned with the formulation, analysis and implementation of public policy in public institutions, and non-profit organizations. The Minor has an interdisciplinary focus. This program gives special emphasis to the local community, and the special challenges of public managers who serve. The curriculum is designed to develop leadership capacity, understanding of the political, social, and economic characteristics of today's environment, and the ability to apply current theories of management and analysis to difficult management issues. The program is meant as preparation for those entering management careers in government for the first time or as career development for those already employed who are seeking upward mobility in public management.

Of course the program is also intended for those who wish the advance their careers with a Master’s of Public Administration degree. It just so happens that there is an active, ongoing, exciting MPA Program in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UTPA.

A student needs 18 semester credit hours from among the below listed courses.

Anticipated Course Offerings for the next Two Years.

Public Administration Minor COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

POLS 3314 American State and Local Government
A study of the basic functions, structure, procedures and problems of American state and local government, with an emphasis upon intergovernmental relations.
PUBA 3316 American Public Policy
An analysis of rationales underlying selected governmental programs and assessments of the effectiveness of these programs.
POLS 3323 Introduction to Public Administration
A survey of Public administration in the United States, highlighting a wide variety of topics in the discipline, but with emphasis on the general machinery of the national bureaucracy and on the powers, problems and control of its agencies.
POLS 3324 Bureaucracy and Organizational Theory
An analysis of the various theories of public administration and government organization. The contribution of such theorists as Weber, Taylor, Mayo, McGregor, Maslow, Simon and others will be studied. The development of public administration will be surveyed.
PUBA 3325 Public Personnel Administration
Fundamental concepts of public personnel management with analysis and evaluation of employee-employer relations at the national, state and local levels are examined. The course addresses topics such as environmental influences on the personnel function, career systems, human resources planning and management, performance evaluation, ethics and collective bargaining in the public sector.
POLS 4309 Public Fiscal Administration
Survey and analysis of governmental budgeting and public finance, emphasizing theories, procedures and implementation.
PUBA 4310 Comparative Public Administration
This course is a comparative analysis of the administrative systems of different governments. Particular attention is focused on the relationship of administrative practices and decision-making processes in the various states.
PUBA 4365 American Administrative Process
An advance study is made of law and procedures of national, state and local administrative agencies and their behavior, to include problems in administrative management, theory of complex organizations, and policy outcomes of the administrative process.
PUBA 4362 Independent Study
Requires the approval of the supervising faculty member. Allows student to work independently on a specialized area. The student will submit a written plan, with outcomes and time lines which must be approved by the supervising faculty
PUBA 4363 Special Topics
Intensive study of a specialized area of public administration or a selected topic in contemporary public management.
PUBA 4378 Management of Non-Profit Organizations
This course is a survey of the field of management practices in nonprofit organizations (sometimes called Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs or the third sector)). This class will introduce students to the ethos of service, volunteerism, philanthropy and the basic concepts and foundational theories relating to the practice of the administrative sciences and management. The course content addresses two major dimensions: professionalism and effective management. This course covers (1) the foundations of administration and management; (2) nonprofit organizations, theories, concepts, and people; (3) a macro views of third sector and (4) ethics of service organizations. This course also addresses two core competencies, critical thinking and understanding the concepts of citizen participation.

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