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Bachelor of Public Administration Degree

A Bachelor of Public Administration degree is designed to prepare students for employment in the public and nonprofit sector by giving them a broad background in the basics of administration, combined with a contemporary focus on urban management, the nonprofit sector, tools of analysis, and the role of ethics.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Public Administration must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements see pages 3–5 of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

  1. 18 semester credit hours of core Public Administration coursework:

    PAD  1113    Public Administration in American Society
    PAD  2153    Methodological Tools in Public Administration
    PAD  3013    Introduction to Public Policy
    PAD  3023    Introduction to Urban Management and Policy
    PAD  3033    Introduction to Nonprofit Agencies
    PAD  4853    Contemporary Issues in Public Administration (Senior Seminar)


  2. 21 semester credit hours of prescribed courses, at least 9 of which must be Public Administration (Section I) coursework:

    Section I:
    NPO  3003       Fundraising in Nonprofit Agencies
    NPO  4933       Internship in Nonprofit Management (prior approval required)
    PAD  3043       Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
    PAD  3053       Urban Economic Development
    PAD  3113       Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations
    PAD  3123       Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
    PAD  3133       Politics and Policies of San Antonio and South Texas
    PAD  3143       Urban and Regional Planning
    PAD  4911,3    Independent Study
    PAD  4933       Internship in Public Administration (prior approval required)
    PAD  4953       Special Topics in Nonprofit Organizations
    PAD  4963       Special Topics in Urban Management and Policy
    PAD  4993       Honors Thesis

    Section II:
    COM  3893    Organizational Communication
    CRJ   1113    The American Criminal Justice System
    CRJ   3213    Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
    CRJ   3623    Substantive Criminal Law
    ECO  2003    Economic Principles and Issues
    ECO  3273    Introduction to Public Sector Economics
    FIN   3003    Survey of Finance
    GRG  3314    Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    HIS   3153    Development of American Urban Society
    IS     3003    Principles of Information Systems for Management
    MS    4333    Project Management

    In addition to the above list, Section II also includes any course listed in the UTSA Minor in Business Administration, or the Minor in Political Science.


  3. 15 semester hours of upper-division support work, chosen in consultation with an academic advisor


  4. 24 semester hours of free electives (some may need to be upper division in order to meet the 39 hour University requirement)


Course Sequence Guide for Bachelor of Public Administration Degree

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Public Administration degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the Downtown Undergraduate Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Public Administration – Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

FIRST YEAR
Fall Spring
HIS 1043 or 1053 or 2053 (core) 3 HIS 1043 or 1053 or 2053 (core) 3
PAD 1113 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
POL 1013 (core) 3 Mathematics core  3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 Visual & Performing Arts core 3
Social & Behavioral Science core 3 World Society & Issues core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
SECOND YEAR
Fall Spring
PAD 2153 3 ECO 2003 or 2013 or 2023 (core) 3
Elective 3 PAD 3013 3
Elective 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
Literature core 3 Natural Sciences Level II core 3
Natural Sciences Level I core 3 Prescribed course (see degree req. B) 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
THIRD YEAR
Fall Spring
PAD 3023 3 PAD 3033 3
Prescribed course (see degree req. B) 3 Prescribed course (see degree req. B) 3
Prescribed course (see degree req. B) 3 Elective 3
Prescribed course (see degree req. B) 3 Elective 3
Upper-division support work 3 Upper-division support work 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
FOURTH YEAR
Fall Spring
Elective 3 PAD 4853 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Prescribed course (see degree req. B) 3 Elective 3
Upper-division support work 3 Prescribed course (see degree req. B) 3
Upper-division support work 3 Upper-division support work 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15

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