2020-2021 College Catalog 
    Feb 01, 2023  
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Public Administration

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Chairperson:  Zulema Blair
                        718 270 6127 office
Office:             B-2032 N

Faculty: Zulema Blair, Micah Crump, John Flateau, Wallace C. Ford III, Gregorio Mayers, Byron Price

General Information

The mission of the Department of Public Administration is to prepare students to be highly trained and well informed leaders, executives and managers in the public and private sectors.

In a rapidly changing society students receive in-depth training in different areas of concentration that allow them to be creative thinkers, agents of change and problem-solvers in order that they can function more effectively in the government, non-profit, and corporate arenas. The Department is committed to conducting a current, relevant, and exciting course of study that trains students to:

  1. Understand how public policy is developed and executed:
  2. Develop structures that respond to managerial, political, legal, and ethical concerns;
  3. Successfully fill high quality professional management careers in the public sector, nonprofit sector and governmental/ community affairs units in private organizations both domestically and abroad;
  4. Prepare students for a range of graduate and professional studies.

The Department is one out of less than 100 academic programs in the country to offer an undergraduate degree in Public Administration. The Department offers a Bachelor’s of Science degree, an Associate of Science degree, and a minor. Concentrations in the Bachelor of Science Program include:

  1. Public Policy - Students in the Public Policy concentration are trained to analyze, develop, and implement public policies that address political, economic, and social needs.
  2. Public Sector Management - This concentration prepares students for senior managerial and leadership roles in govern- ment agencies at each level of government.
  3. Non-Profit Administration - This concentration prepares students for managerial and leadership roles in this ever-expanding sector.
  4. Urban Administration - This concentration is essential for students considering careers in community development, local government, and urban planning.
  5. International Administration - Designed for students seeking careers in foreign policy, the Foreign Service, international organizations, or multinational enterprises, this concentration is an ideal opportunity for individuals transitioning from domestic employment to international employment.
  6. Law and Criminal Justice - This concentration prepares students to become successful applicants to law school in addition Department of Public Administration to reaching beyond the current intellectual and cultural views of the criminal justice system in the United States and abroad.
  7. General - Students may complete courses in different areas of concentration to develop a “generalist” perspective in public administration.

Students undertake specified course work in the College Core, Department Core, and concentration. The Public Administration core curriculum is an outgrowth of micro and macro-economic theory, political science, administrative law and management. All students are required to complete Internships as well as a Capstone Seminar in their senior year. Students receive a great deal of peer/faculty support via our Public Administration student club MECSPA our Faculty Mentorship Program and our Law Pathways Program.

Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree in Public Administration The Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree in Public Administration introduces students to fundamental concepts and philosophies in public administration and liberal arts and prepares students for premanagerial entry level positions as well as continuing studies for the B.S. degree in Public Administration. The A.S. Degree in Public Administration requires completion of 60 credits pursuant to the following criteria and academic guidelines:

Academic Standards

Students in the Department are expected to pass Public Administration required Core courses with a grade of “C” or better. For graduation, a student must have a minimum index of 2.0 in his/ her major.


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