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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    Analysis and Assessment for 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  4933,6    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  3153       Legal Context of Public Policy and Administration
    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 Public Administration
    PAD  4993       Honors Thesis (prior approval required)

    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
    SOC  1043    Introduction to Public Health
    SOC  3223    Population Dynamics and Demographic Techniques
    SOC  4053    Health Care System
    SOC  4083    Behavioral Epidemiology
    SOC  4683    Health Disparities
    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 Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
PAD 1113 Public Administration in American Society 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Spring
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Mathematics core   3
Creative Arts core   3
Component Area Option core   3
Second Year
Fall
PAD 2153 Analysis and Assessment for Public Administration 3
Elective   3
Elective   3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Spring
PAD 3013 Introduction to Public Policy 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Social & Behavioral Sciences core   3
Prescribed course (see degree requirement B)   3
Third Year
Fall
PAD 3023 Introduction to Urban Management and Policy 3
Prescribed course (see degree requirement B)   3
Prescribed course (see degree requirement B)   3
Prescribed course (see degree requirement B)   3
Upper-division support work   3
Spring
PAD 3033 Introduction to Nonprofit Agencies 3
Elective   3
Elective   3
Prescribed course (see degree requirement B)   3
Upper-division support work   3
Fourth Year
Fall
Elective   3
Elective   3
Prescribed course (see degree requirement B)   3
Upper-division support work   3
Upper-division support work   3
Spring
PAD 4853 Contemporary Issues in Public Administration (Senior Seminar) 3
Elective   3
Elective   3
Prescribed course (see degree requirement B)   3
Upper-division support work   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

 

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