Undergraduate Course Offerings
Course descriptions and syllabi are directly below this list of courses
- PA 100 – Individual Action and Democratic Citizenship
- PA 210 – Introduction to Policy Process
- PA 211 – Policy Problems & Alternatives
- PA 230 – Nonprofit Organizations in U.S. Society
- PA 231 – The American Safety Net
- PA 240 – Environmental Policy
- PA 300 – Introduction to Urban Policy Processes
- PA 303 – Bureaucracy and the Policy Process
- PA 305 – Managing Government Partnerships
- PA 309 – Public Budgeting and Financial Management
- PA 405 – Evaluating Policies and Programs
- PA 410 – Economics for Public Administration & Policy Decisions (3 credit hour undergrad section)
Selected Course Descriptions
PA 100 – Individual Action and Democratic Citizenship
Enhances understanding of the role of the individual as democratic citizen in shaping policy issues and outcomes in today?s world. Individual and Society course.
PA 210 – Introduction to Policy Process
- Defines public policy and the policymaking process, engaging students in critical thinking about current policies and how they are made. US Society course.
PA 211 – Policy Analysis and Alternatives
- Policy analysis and approaches to assessing policy problems and alternatives in the U.S. context. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ENGL 161. US Society course.
PA 230 – Nonprofit Organizations in U.S. Society
- Provides a basic introduction to the U.S. nonprofit sector and examines the social, political, and economic impact of these organizations in American society. US Society course.
PA 231 – The American Safety Net
- Provides a basic introduction to social welfare policy in the United States, examines the history of social welfare policies and programs in the US, and explores American cultural values and attitudes. US Society course.
PA 240 – Environmental Policy
- Provides an introduction to political, economic and social dimensions of environmental policy and teaches methods needed to understand, evaluate, design and implement environment policies, especially in the United States.
PA 300 – Introduction to Urban Policy Processes
- Basic structure of the policy process within the urban context including the nature of urban policy, its formulation, evaluation, and implementation. Emphasis on state and local policy development as it relates to urban areas. Same as UPA 300. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs and College-level Microeconomics; or consent of the instructor.
Practical, versatile, foundational, relevant, transformational.