Buena Vista University

Political Science / Public Administration

Even though members of a society hold different opinions and values, they must agree on certain rules and procedures in order to get things accomplished Working in the public and private sectors, professionals skilled in politics and public administration implement policies and bring together large groups of people with very different agendas and get them to move in a singular direction.

As a political science or a public administration minor, you will develop professional skills in policy analysis and management as you study the American political system at the local, state, and federal levels. You’ll build a base of analytical tools rooted in an understanding of economics, statistics and organizational behavior, as well as develop your practical problem solving and policy planning abilities that can be applied to a wide variety of career paths in and outside of administration and politics.

Key Personality Traits:

Courses of study

Minor in Political Science: 24 credit hours

PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
PSCN 205 Introduction to Political Philosophy
PSCN 310 Comparative Politics or PSCN 315 International Relations
PSCN 460 Constitutional Law
PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs

2 courses from:

PSCN or PSPA at the 300 level or higher

Minor in Public Administration : 21 credit hours

ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
PSPA 165 Introduction to Public Administration
PSPA 320 State and Local Politics or PSPA 380 Administrative Agencies
PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs

Minor in Political Science with teaching Licensure (5-12):

Students pursuing a licensure minor must complete one of the following options:

Option 1:

Political science minor (24 credit hours)
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Option 2: 15 credit hours of social science courses and 15 credit hours of political science courses including:

PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
PSCN 460 Constitutional Law
PSCN 465 Civil Liberties
PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

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