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Fort Hays State University
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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Public Administration Concentration

A Public Administration concentration prepares you for a multitude of careers by showing you how to translate politics into policy. You'll be prepared to become a public servant who's ready to manage nearly every aspect of public service at the federal, state and local levels.

With policy analysis skills, you can influence government officials in policy-making and work in think tanks, research institutes, non-profit organizations, or choose from over 15 million governmental jobs at the local, state, or federal level.

Program Summary

55 hours of General Education
34 hours of Program hours (22 core courses, 12 hours in subfields)
10 hours of Modern Language
23 hours upper division electives (300 level or higher)
2 hours of free electives
124 hours total credit hours for the degree

Departmental Core Curriculum

Political Science Subfields (12 hours, including a seminar)

  • Must take a minimum of 3 credit hours from 4 of the 5 subfields.
  • Must take at least one Political Science seminar. Seminars may count toward subfields as approved by advisor.
  • Not all courses are offered annually. Some are offered once a year, every other year, or every few years.
  • Courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.

American Politics

POLS 103: State and Local Government

POLS 401: The Congress

POLS 403: The Presidency

POLS 661: American Political Parties

POLS 660: Political Campaign Management

POLS 664: Political Behavior

POLS 665: Interest Groups and Lobbying

Other (note here if aTopics course has been included):

International Relations/Comparative Politics

POLS 609: Model UN (1+ hours)

POLS 240: Comparative Governments of Industrialized Societies

POLS 631: American Foreign Policy

POLS 632: Problems and Issues in World Politics

POLS 640: Comparative Politics

Other (note here if a Topics course has been included):

Public Law

POLS 320: Introduction to Law

POLS 422: Legal Advocacy

POLS 425: Legal Research Methods

POLS 620: Constitutional Law

POLS 621: American Civil Liberties

PHIL 310: Legal Philosophy

Other (note here if a Topics course has been included):

Political Theory

POLS 650: History of Political Theory

POLS 651: Recent Political Theories

POLS 653: American Political Thought

PHIL 301: Philosophy of Law

Other (note here if a Topics course has been included):

Public Administration/Public Policy

POLS 310: Introduction to Public Administration

POLS 400: Urban Politics

POLS 611: Policy Analysis

POLS 612: The Administrative Process

POLS 614: Budgeting

POLS 616: Public Personnel Management

Other (note here if a Topics course has been included):




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