Gain an understanding of social issues and strategies for facilitating change through government systems in the online Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration program from Southern New Hampshire University. You’ll learn how public administrators make policy and enforce programs to help build and strengthen communities and society.
The bachelor’s in public administration degree online builds your knowledge of government structure, administrative management, fiscal budgeting, community dynamics, politics and public policy. After completion of the program, you’ll be prepared to pursue a career path or advance your current career in public service.
From ethics and social issues to government operations and fiscal management, the public administration degree online curriculum will advance your understanding of key topics in the field. Courses introduce you to current public sector issues and explore methods for effective analysis and management. The public administration curriculum creates a strong base for a public administration career.
In the online BA in Public Administration program, you’ll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your bachelor’s in public administration online at SNHU include:
SNHU's public administration degree online prepares you for careers in a range of organizations and industries. You can embark on a career in government or government agencies at the city, state, national or international levels. You might also pursue employment at charitable or nonprofit organizations, universities, government organizations or private businesses. Positions range from organizational governance to administration to finance.
Employment growth for administrative services managers is projected to increase 12 percent by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Growth will come from the continued need for municipal governments to provide services such as fire protection, criminal justice systems, public works, libraries, schools, public health, transportation, housing and development due to an expanding population. Employment opportunities for those with a degree in public administration and public administration experience are increasing in the private sector as regulation becomes more complex.
The bachelor’s in public administration program at SNHU prepares you for a variety of roles, including:
The online BA in Public Administration curriculum is designed to build your knowledge of public administration issues and policymaking practices at all levels of government.
This course is designed to help students develop abilities, including organization and delivery skills, for all speaking situations. The evaluation and improvement of voice, diction, articulation and posture also are studied. May not be used as literature elective.
Is one's identity individually or socially constructed? Are all stereotypes invalid or can there be value in generalizations? Is globalization widening the gaps or homogenizing the world? In this course, students will grapple with these essential questions in examining the world through the lens of a sociologist. Sociology offers an empirically-based methodology for critically evaluating society-from issues of individual agency to the roots of global institutions. Culture, norm stratification, systems, structure, social institutions, social change, the organization of social behavior and its relationship to society and social conditions are emphasized. Students will challenge their own preconceived notions and evaluate these constructs in terms of their relevancy to contemporary issues and problems.
This introduction course will examine the values, issues, models and policy underlying the theory and practice of community economic development (CED). Students will be exposed to the range of social and economic challenges confronted by residents of underserved and marginalized communities as well as review issues and challenges facing the field.
This course is an introduction to the principles of social economics and policy. The course will expose students to concepts such as supply and demand, markets, national income, international trade, economic development, the economics of social issues, and the relationship between power and markets.
This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of public administration and set context around contemporary political, social, economic, and administrative realities. It explores public service organizations, governance, public policies, and institutional-based programs. It also examines, from a multidisciplinary perspective, those essential competencies, values and issues important to public policy at the local, state, national and international levels.
This course will examine the underlying theories of public administration and their impact on community goal achievement. Students will examine supervisory and leadership behaviors in public administration and consider the ethical implications of public administration.
This course will examine the functions, hierarchy and management of various local government departments. Students will learn the interrelationship of various community departments as well as the roles of leadership and community boards within local government.
This course will analyze methods of securing public funds, the process of budget makings, and the techniques used by government and public administration in managing public funds.
This course will examine government and community behaviors, responses and recovery efforts following emergencies and disasters. Specific emphasis will be place of service delivery models and strategies, coordination of assistant services, and the dynamics of the recovery process.
This course offers a broad introduction to the structure and function of the American political system at the national level, including the roles played by the president, Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy, political parties, interest groups and the mass media in the policy- making and electoral processes. This course places special emphasis on how the efforts of the framers of the Constitution to solve what they saw as the political problems of their day continue to shape American national politics in ours.
Many political issues in the United States, such as education, public safety, environmental protection, and transportation, are first handled and addressed by state and local governments. This course explores the structure, function, and distribution of power between state and local governments and the federal government of the United States. Particular emphasis is placed on the necessary collaboration of state and local governments and their roles as partners with the federal government in effecting improvements in policies and services as well as the exploration of the legal and constitutional relationships between state and local governments.
This course offers a broad introduction to research methods in the social sciences, including surveys, case studies, experiments, and quasi-experiments. Students learn to spot design flaws in research intended to generate scientifically sound conclusions about social phenomena, and to evaluate critically the interpretations of social science research results by third-party observers, such as reporters. Students also learn how to draft a research proposal that would satisfy the requirements of peer review within the community of professional social scientists.
Students in this course analyze contemporary social problems in America and other societies. Issues include economic limitations, class and poverty, race and ethnic relations, sexism, ageism, and environmental and population concerns. Offered every year.
How do we build a society fit for living? This course looks to the field of environmentally sustainable community development (ESCD) for answers to this question. Students explore the principles and practices of ESCD using pattern-mapping of community needs, site visits, and other experiential learning tools that turn communities into classrooms, and bring the challenge of building environmentally sustainable communities to life. In the process, students identify assumptions that lead to unsustainable social practices, and develop the skills necessary to help create livable local landscapes and sustainable local futures through individual and community action.
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This course covers a variety of environmental topics in a manner specifically designed for the non-science major. It provides a fundamental understanding of the various processes necessary to support life on Earth and examines how human activities and attitudes (individual, traditional, cultural and others) generate environmental issues that threaten these processes. Topics include ecology, populations, agriculture, desertification and deforestation, water and ocean pollution, air pollution including ozone depletion and acid rain, global climate change, natural resource depletion, solid and hazardous wastes, energy including fossil fuels and nuclear power, economics and sustainability.
This course surveys the various forms of energy available to our industrial society. The environmental impact and depletion of each energy form is discussed with emphasis on the development of clean and inexhaustible alternative sources for the home and business. Topics include traditional and renewable energy sources, greenhouse effects, transpiration, nuclear power, and economies.
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
*Tuition rates are subject to change. Changes are generally implemented in June each year.
Additional Costs Books (course by course).
Students are responsible for providing their own internet access.
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