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BA in Public Administration

Students enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University's B.A. in Public Administration program have an opportunity to study American politics, state and local government, and other relevant topics. Read on to learn more about the B.A. in Public Administration program here.

Official Program Name:

B.A. in Public Administration

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

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Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the B.A. in Public Administration program at Southern New Hampshire University should have an interest in policymaking processes and government at the federal, state, and local levels. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

The B.A. in Public Administration program at Southern New Hampshire University is comprised of required core skills and knowledge courses as well as public administration major courses. Some of the core skills courses include college composition, public speaking, and introduction to information technology. Some of the core knowledge courses include Western civilization, modern art, introduction to ethics, and American art. Emphasis courses include topics such as sustainable communities, disaster recovery and response, public administration, public administration ethics and theory, and sociology of social problems.

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Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a B.A. in Public Administration:

B.A. Core Skills Courses

  • ENG 120: College Composition I
  • ENG 121: College Composition II
  • MAT 130: Applied Finite Math
  • COM 212: Public Speaking
  • IT 100: Introduction to Information Technology
  • SNHU 101: First Year Seminar / Foundations in Critical Thinking

B.A. Core Knowledge Courses

Choose one of the following:

  • FAS 201: Introduction to Humanities I
  • FAS 202: Introduction to Humanities II
  • FAS 223: Appreciation and History of Music
  • FAS 340: Modern Art
  • FAS 370: American Art

Choose one of the following:

  • HIS 109: Western Civilization I
  • HIS 110: Western Civilization II
  • HIS 113: United States History I
  • HIS 114: United States History II

Choose one 200-level Literature Elective

Choose one of the following:

  • PHL 210: Introduction to Western Philosophy
  • PHL 212: Introduction to Ethics
  • PHL 214: Logic, Language and Argumentation
  • PHL 230: Religions of the World

Choose one Science Elective (not SCI 215)

Public Administration Core Courses

  • CED 301: Intro Community Economic Development
  • CED 335: Social Issues and Economic Policies CED
  • PAD 330: Public Administration
  • PAD 331: Public Administration Ethics and Theory
  • PAD 332: Municipal Government Operations
  • PAD 340: Public Fiscal Management
  • PAD 341: Disaster Recovery and Response
  • POL 210: American Politics
  • POL 305: State and Local Government
  • SCS 224: Social Science Research Methods
  • SOC 213: Sociology of Social Problems
  • SOC 318: Sustainable Communities

Arts & Science Core

  • Arts and Science courses outside the disciplinary fields of the major as determined by the faculty - 9 credits

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who have completed the B.A. in Public Administration program at Southern New Hampshire University have an opportunity to pursue a master's degree in the field. A master's degree may include courses such as fundamentals of financial resource administration, public personnel administration, public management, and administrative theory and behavior. Some degree programs may also include a thesis or a capstone project. Some degrees could include:

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration
  • Master of Arts in Public Administration

Career Paths:

Students who have completed Southern New Hampshire University's B.A. in Public Administration program have an opportunity to pursue jobs in the field. Some potential employers could include local, state, and federal government agencies, nonprofits, community centers, and think tanks. Job applicants should have solid research skills and demonstrate knowledge of the public sector. Positions that graduates could pursue include:

  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Grant Writer
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Public relations specialist

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