Public administration is a broad field of study that focuses on economic growth, workforce development, public resources, and community issues. The discipline of public administration develops leadership, organizational, research, analytical, planning, and communication skills. Public administration includes a breadth of study in political systems, economics, public policy, business, law, communication, sociology, psychology, and human resource management.
Individuals working as public administrators oversee the formulation, development, adoption, implementation, and evaluation of public policies. Careers in public administration can be found in every level of government, private enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other social or civil service institutions.
Community college programs in public administration typically prepare graduates for entry-level positions in the field. Individuals interested in advancing beyond entry-level positions can either work their way up within an organization or earn a higher degree by transferring their associate degree credits to a baccalaureate program.
Entry-level positions include: human services assistant, city planning assistants, program specialist/analyst, information specialist, occupational safety specialist, legislative/executive branch staffer, grant writer, administrative assistants, first-line supervisors of support staff, law enforcement, journalist.
- California State University, San Bernardino: Business Administration major with a Concentration in Public Administration
- California State University, Fullerton: Public Administration major
- University of California, Riverside: Political Science/Administrative Studies major
- California Baptist University, Riverside: Public Administration major
- Park University, Victor Valley: Public Administration major
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Public Administration Courses
Introduction to principles and trends in public administration, including organization, policies and decision processes. Topics include organizational theory and behavior, functions and methods of management, and program design, implementation and evaluation.
Lecture Hours: 54.00
Transfer: Transfers to CSU only