220 David M. French Hall
Director: Albert C. Price
Principal Secretary: Suzanne Shivnen
Faculty: William Laverty (Political Science), Albert Price (Political Science), Dana Dyson (Political Science), Kathryn Schellenberg (Sociology), Christopher Douglas (Economics), Adam Lutzker (Economics) Suzanne Selig (Health Care)
The Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration is an interdisciplinary degree designed to provide students with the conceptual knowledge, analytic and quantitative skills, and practical experience relevant for entry level positions in public and nonprofit organizations.
The interdisciplinary approach of the program is a response to the challenges of the public and nonprofit sector at federal, state and local levels, which require both administrative skill and sensitivity to the currents of social and political change. The program aims to develop a multidimensional understanding of the role of public institutions in meeting the needs of a dynamic and changing society. The program is intended to develop generalists who possess substantive skills of administration and who understand the complexity of social problems, the responsibilities of public institutions, and the impact of those institutions on the everyday activities of the citizenry.
Program Mission and Assessment
The mission of the undergraduate program in Public Administration is to provide students with conceptual knowledge, analytical skills and practical experience relevant for entry level administrative positions in public and nonprofit organizations. The Program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://www.umflint.edu/assessment.
Programs in Public Administration
Three undergraduate programs in public administration are available, all leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree: the General Program in Public Administration, the Honors Program in Public Administration, and the 2 + 2 Program in Public Administration. A Certification Program in Environmental Hazards/Risk Management is also offered (see ” Earth and Resource Science”) and a Minor in Public Administration are offered.
A graduate Master of Public Administration is available, as is a Master of Arts in Arts Administration, jointly offered by the Departments of Visual Arts, Music, Theater and Dance and Public Administration. (See “Graduate Programs” for further information.)