Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Public Administration

A Bachelor of Public Administration degree prepares students for employment in the public and non-profit sector, by giving them a broad background in the basics of administration, combined with a contemporary focus on urban management, the non-profit 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: Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and the 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 the undergraduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

A. 15 semester credit hours of core Public Administration coursework

PAD 1113 Public Administration in American Society

PAD 2073 Foundations of Civic Engagement

PAD 2153 Analysis/Assessment in Public Administration

PAD 3013 Introduction to Public Policy

PAD 4853 Contemporary Issues in Public Administration (Senior Seminar)

B. 21 semester credit hours selected from the courses listed below:  

PAD 3003 Fundraising in Nonprofit Agencies

PAD 3023 Introduction to Urban Management and Policy

PAD 3033 Introduction to Nonprofit Agencies

PAD 3043 Public and Non-profit Financial Management

PAD 3053 Urban Economic Development 

PAD 3073 Civic Leadership Integrative Seminar

PAD 3113 Managing Non-profit 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 Introduction to Public Law

PAD 4911,3 Independent Study (prior approval required)

PAD 4933 Internship in Nonprofit Management (prior approval required)

PAD 4936 Internship in Nonprofit Management (prior approval required)

PAD 4963 Special Topics in Public Administration

PAD 4933 Honors Thesis

C. 18 semester hours of upper-division support work, chosen in consultation with an academic advisor

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

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