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Public Policy and Administration B.S. Degree

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  • Our bachelor's degree in Public Policy and Administration prepares you to make decisions and influence policy affecting an organization, a community, a whole state or the entire nation. You will learn the ins and outs of policy making and how to become a leader. You also gain strong skills in policy analysis so you can design effective policies.

    What you will learn

    Our program teaches you:

    • Structure and processes of the government
    • Economics of public administration
    • Evolution of law and policy
    • Tools used to implement policy
    • How public policy is created and implemented
    • Goals of public policy
    • Methods and tools used to evaluate and design policy
    • The role of the private sector in developing and implementing public policy
  • Admission requirements

    Admissions Guide
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 40 percent of all Public Policy graduates work in government positions. A large number of these graduates work in the private sector for businesses and corporations, 10 percent in education, 3 percent in nonprofit administration and 5 percent are self-employed.
  • Public Policy and Administration
    Bachelor of Science


    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2016 (520)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2016 (520), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

    Program Leadership Information

    Susan Demers
    Dean, CL
    (727) 791-2501

    Program Summary

    The goal of this program is to prepare students for the dynamic nature of public policy and administration by providing critical thinking and problem solving techniques which will enable them to make sound decisions and influence policy affecting organizations, communities, a whole state or the entire nation.

    Graduates will be prepared to use advanced critical thinking and analytical skills to effectively solve the myriad problems which arise in a changing world and comply with modern demands for accountability. Students will demonstrate the advanced knowledge and tools necessary to:
    o Evaluate and design public policy
    o Apply the appropriate communication and negotiation skills within the structure and processes of government
    o Use the technical skills and political astuteness required of a public policy/administration professional
    o Demonstrate the management and leadership qualities of a public policy/administration professional who can readily anticipate issues and demonstrate the ability to adapt to governments that are in a constant state of flux.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

    Florida CIP Code


    Federal CIP Code

    44.0401: Public Administration.

    Admission Rules

    Admission requires completion of sixty (60) college-level credits in a related discipline, including 15 credits of transferable general education courses, and completion of the state-mandated prerequisites listed below with a grade of "C" or better.


    Graduation Rules


    FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: If you have not completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the B.S. program.

    60 credits in a related discipline with at least 15 General Education credits

    The following three courses are required & may be used as part of the General Education Requirements

    *CGS 1100Computer Applications3
    POS 2041American National Government3
    (Select one Economics course)
    ECO 2013Principles of Macroeconomics3
    ECO 2023Principles of Microeconomics3

    Complete 45 credits

    **PUP 3002Introduction to Public Policy and Administration3
    ISM 3011Management Information Systems3
    MAN 3301Public Personnel Management3
    MAN 4584Process Improvement Methodologies3
    PAD 4204Public Finance3
    PAD 4232Grant Administration & Resource Development3
    PAD 4603Administrative Law3
    POS 3235Mass Media & Public Policy3
    PUP 3040State and Local Government and Public Policy3
    PUP 3033Policy Leadership3
    PUP 3043Evaluating Public Policy (Research Methods I)3
    PUP 3046Policy Data Analysis (Research Methods II)3
    PUP 3054Policy and Ethics3
    PUP 3823Emergency and Crisis Communications3
    PUP 4941Public Policy Capstone3

    Select 15 credits

    COM 3120Organizational Communication3
    EDF 3660Education and Public Policy in the United States3
    HUS 4561Social Problems and Policy3
    INR 4030Diplomacy3
    MAN 4102Managing Cultural Diversity3
    PAD 3330Urban and Regional Planning3
    PLA 3885United States Constitutional Law3
    POS 3272American Civic Life3
    PUP 3023Public Policy and Administration Legal Research3
    PUP 3052Issues in International Policy3
    PUP 3055Public Policy and Negotiation3
    PUP 4949Public Policy and Administration Co-op Work Experience3

    * Acceptable substitute: CGS X060 (3 credits)
    ** It is highly recommended that students enroll in PUP 3002 in the first term of their program.

    Total Credits120