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Public Administration and Justice Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies - Public Administration 90-30, Bachelor of Arts

This flexible bachelor's degree offers you an opportunity to design a plan of studies, in consultation with an advisor, to meet your individual educational needs. You may choose this degree if you plan to enter an occupation that requires a broad general education, if you are seeking career advancement or personal intellectual enrichment, or if you are considering a preprofessional plan.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Public Administration 90-30?

A Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Public Administration allows you to gain an understanding of leadership, management, ethics, budgets, critical thinking and problem solving. This degree plan emphasizes experiential learning by linking theory to specific problems and case studies. This program will provide you with the knowledge and skills applicable to careers in the public, non-profit and private sectors, and can also prepare you for graduate and/or law school.
 

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Administrative Specialist
  • Non-profit Program Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Executive Assistant to the City Manager

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • City/County Manager
  • Management/Budget Analyst 
  • Non-profit CEO
  • Performance Auditor


University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • To avoid any deficiencies or risk having to take more than 120 units of credit to complete this degree, a completed associate's degree from a community college AND an Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) from a regionally accredited community college in Arizona are highly recommended.
  • Students with a completed associate's degree and an AGEC will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements; however, students without an AGEC certification will need to meet the Northern Arizona University liberal studies requirements.
  • Students may transfer up to a maximum of 90 units of community college and/or university credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher education.
  • Students must complete at least 30 upper-division units of coursework. All coursework in the specialization Area must be upper-division and from Northern Arizona University. Substitutions and use of credit from other institutions are not allowed in the specialization.
  • Students must have a grade of "C" or better in all courses used in the major, which includes the specialization and the interdisciplinary studies requirements areas.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
GPA C
Mathematics Required MAT 114
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Foreign Language Required

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Major Requirements
  • All coursework in the Specialization Areas must be upper-division and from Northern Arizona University. Substitutions and use of credit from other institutions are not allowed in the Specialization.

    Take the following 30 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:

    Public Administration Specialization

    • If you have not yet met NAU's Global and/or U.S. Ethnic Diversity requirements, you must select:

      • ANT 306, which meets the Ethnic Diversity requirement
      • ANT 350, which meets the Global Diversity requirement

Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements
  • Computer Literacy (3 units)
    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Course(s) must have been taken within 10 years of admission to Northern Arizona University subject to advisor approval.

  • Communication Courses (6 units)
    You must choose 6 units in the following two categories.
    • Performance-based courses, select one from the following (3 units):
    • Theory-based courses, select one from the following (3 units):
  • Please note that you cannot use CLEP or locally prepared exams to satisfy this requirement. Transfer credit used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the program director.

  • Language Requirement (16 units)
    You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP, or other exams.

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.  

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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