Extended Campuses

2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Interdisciplinary Studies - Public Agency Management, Bachelor of Science

4YR Progression Plan-Classic Public Agency Administration - Emphasis

Campus Availability

  • Apache Junction
  • Aravaipa
  • Chandler-Gilbert
  • East Valley
  • Glendale
  • Mesa
  • North Valley
  • Online
  • Phoenix
  • Signal Peak
  • South Mountain
  • West Valley
  • Yuma

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
2. MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
2. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
3. LS/DIVCOURSE Liberal Studies/Diversity Course 3
4. LIBSTLAB Liberal Studies (LAB) Course 4
5. CIS120 Intro To Computer Info Systems 3
Description: Introduces computer and information systems, including the development and hands-on use of applications designed for communications, decision support, and database management. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. SCIELECTIVE Science Elective 3 SCIELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Choose 12 units (6 must be upper division) from: ANT 101, 102, 104, BBA 340, BIO 301, 302, PSY 230, MAT 114, STA 270, ESE 380, SOC 355W or 365, PAS/CCJ 355 OR 356, POS 303 or courses with BIO, PHY, AST, MAT, STA, GLG, ENV, or CHM prefixes. (6 hours MUST be Upper Division)
2. CSTCOURSE See Catalog or Advisor 3 CSTCOURSE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Choose 1 course from List A, and 1 from List B (3 credits must be upper division).
List A: CST 111, 311, 312, 314, 315, 318, TH 242
List B: CST 271, 321, 323, 351, 361, 365, 424, 465, 472, 475, 477
3. LS/DIVCOURSE Liberal Studies/Diversity Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. CISELECTIVE See Catalog or Advisor 3 CISELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: 3 additional units in computer literacy with a focus on word processing, spreadsheet use and database management. (must be taken within 10 years of enrollment at NAU)
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. SCIELECTIVE Science Elective 3 SCIELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Choose 12 units (6 must be upper division) from: ANT 101, 102, 104, BBA 340, BIO 301, 302, PSY 230, MAT 114, STA 270, ESE 380, SOC 355W or 365, PAS/CCJ 355 OR 356, POS 303 or courses with BIO, PHY, AST, MAT, STA, GLG, ENV, or CHM prefixes. (6 hours MUST be Upper Division)
2. CONCNTRNCOURSE Concentration course 3 CONCNTRNCOURSE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Use catalog link for concentration course lists. Choose one course from Creative Inquiry category. 9 units must be taken with NAU, and 6 must be upper-division.
3. CONCNTRNCOURSE Concentration course 3 CONCNTRNCOURSE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Use catalog link for concentration course lists. Choose one course from Cultural Perspectives category. 9 units must be taken with NAU, and 6 must be upper-division.
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PADM301 Intro To Public Administration 3
Description: This course explores the dynamic and unique environment in which public administrators operate and the skill set required to be a successful public administrator at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Junior Status
Currently Scheduled: Winter 2014 Spring 2015
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
POS326 Public Organization Theory 3
Description: Dynamics of decision making in modern, complex organizations including the structure of bureaucratic organization, incremental and rational approaches to decision making, the influence of bureaucratic routines, and various strategies for increasing organizational effectiveness. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
-Option B-
PADM326 Org Theory And Application 3
Description: This course studies the intersection of theory and application for practical management of public organizations, including development and implementation as they relate to decision making in a complex society. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Winter 2014 Spring 2015
3. CSTCOURSE See Catalog or Advisor 3 CSTCOURSE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Choose 1 course from List A, and 1 from List B (3 credits must be upper division).
List A: CST 111, 311, 312, 314, 315, 318, TH 242
List B: CST 271, 321, 323, 351, 361, 365, 424, 465, 472, 475, 477
4. SCIELECTIVE Science Elective 3 SCIELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Choose 12 units (6 must be upper division) from: ANT 101, 102, 104, BBA 340, BIO 301, 302, PSY 230, MAT 114, STA 270, ESE 380, SOC 355W or 365, PAS/CCJ 355 OR 356, POS 303 or courses with BIO, PHY, AST, MAT, STA, GLG, ENV, or CHM prefixes. (6 hours MUST be Upper Division)
5. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
ENG302W Technical Writing 3
Description: Instruction and experience in writing proposals, technical descriptions and instructions, analyses, interpretative and recommendation reports, abstracts, progress reports, business letters, technical articles, and correspondence. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (Accuplacer WR 8; PLACE 50+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
-Option B-
ENG305W Wrtg In Disciplnry Communities 3
Description: Assists with writing expectations and performances required in specific majors; all assignments, strategies, and theories attend to the specific genres and conventions of academic disciplines and departments. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (Accuplacer WR 8; PLACE 50+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PADM450 Leadrshp Concpts Skills Models 3
Description: This course examines the relationship between individual leadership and organizational change in the contemporary workplace with special emphasis on how to develop and improve the skill sets of effective leaders. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
POS325 Human Resource Mgmt 3
Description: Theories and practices of human resource management, from recruitment and selection to retirement, including motivation, evaluation, promotion, career development, organizations and negotiation, grievances and termination. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
-Option B-
PADM325 Personnel Admin Public Sector 3
Description: This course is a practical application of personnel administration in the public sector. Topics include personnel supervision and management, from recruitment and selection to retirement, employee motivation, evaluation, promotion and career development, and grievances and termination. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
3. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
PADM327 Public Budgeting & Finance 3
Description: This course examines public budgeting in the context of its institutional, procedural, and political dimensions. This course presents an overview of budgetary reforms, budget theories and techniques and comparative perspectives of federal, state and local budgeting in the United States. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
-Option B-
POS327 Government Budgeting 3
Description: Organization, techniques, and politics of budget preparation; legislative appropriation and control systems in budget execution. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
4. PADM401 Managing Chg In 21st Cent Org 3
Description: This course focuses on how organizations in general, and public organizations in particular deal with change, in a fast-paced society with increasing demands for accountability and service. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
5. SCIELECTIVE Science Elective 3 SCIELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Choose 12 units (6 must be upper division) from: ANT 101, 102, 104, BBA 340, BIO 301, 302, PSY 230, MAT 114, STA 270, ESE 380, SOC 355W or 365, PAS/CCJ 355 OR 356, POS 303 or courses with BIO, PHY, AST, MAT, STA, GLG, ENV, or CHM prefixes. (6 hours MUST be Upper Division)
Students should see an academic advisor before enrolling in the next term in preparation for graduation.

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. PADM411 Ethics, Policy And Admin 3
Description: This course examines alternative approaches to ethics and relates them to the context of politics and public policy, at a variety of administrative levels. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Winter 2014 Spring 2015
2. CONCNTRNCOURSE Concentration course 3 CONCNTRNCOURSE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Use catalog link for concentration course lists. Choose one course from Scientific Reasoning category. 9 units must be taken with NAU, and 6 must be upper-division.
3. PADM310 Case Studies/Politics & Orgs 3
Description: This course examines the relationships between politics and public organizations with special emphasis on the role and function of bureaucracies. NOTE THAT STUDENTS WHO TAKE PA 310 CANNOT TAKE PA 311W. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Submit graduation application this term.
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
PADM421C Plan Decision In Public Sector 3
Description: This capstone course discusses the larger planning processes for the public sector, including the intersection of planning, budgeting, personnel, exterior and internal pressures and performance expectations of a public agency. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Senior Status or higher and (ENG 302W or ENG 305W or PADM 302W or PADM 311W or PADM 357W or JUS 350W)
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
-Option B-
POS421C Topics In Public Policy 3
Description: This capstone seminar analyzes selected contemporary policies and policy issues in national and international politics. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: 75 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
-Option C-
PADM408C Fld Wk Exp Pub Sector Internsh 3
Description: The internship course provides students with an opportunity to apply public sector knowledge, theory and skills learned in a public sector setting. Pre-approval of internship project is required. Pass-fail only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.
Prerequisite: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and (ENG 302W or ENG 305W or PADM 302W or PADM 311W or PADM 357W) and (PADM 355 or PADM 356 or JUS 350W)
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
PADM415 Conflict Resolu & Medi Pub Sec 3
Description: This course presents a set of practical ideas and concepts concerning the understanding of conflict resolution and problem solving through mediation in the public sector. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Junior Status or higher
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
-Option B-
CST477 Mediation And Conflict Mgt 3
Description: Communication strategies in the theory and practice of alternative dispute resolution, including interpersonal conflict, mediation, and negotiation. Co-convenes with CST 577. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Junior Status
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
3. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units) ENG 105 (4)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units) MAT 114 (3)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) CIS 120 (3)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Advising Contact:
Extended Campuses Student Service Center
1-800-426-8315
Online.advising@nau.edu


General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the university catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your degree progress report.

Some courses may have pre-requisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or pre-requisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.