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Fort Hays State University
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Phone: 785-628-4425
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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Public Administration Concentration

A Public Administration concentration prepares you for a multitude of careers by showing you how to translate politics into policy. You’ll be prepared to become a public servant who’s ready to manage nearly every aspect of public service at the federal, state and local levels.

With policy analysis skills, you can influence government officials in policy-making and work in think tanks, research institutes, non-profit organizations, or choose from over 15 million governmental jobs at the local, state, or federal level.

Program Summary

55 hours of General Education
34 hours of Program hours (22 core courses, 12 hours in subfields)
10 hours of Modern Language
23 hours upper division electives (300 level or higher)
2 hours of free electives
124 hours total credit hours for the degree 

Departmental Core Curriculum

  • POLS 100 Orientation to Political Science (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 101 American Government (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 180 Introduction to Public Policy (3 Credit Hours)
  • PHIL 201 Political Philosophy (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 230 Introduction to International Relations (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 455 Research Methods (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 689 Internship in Political Science (1 Credit Hour)
  • POLS 490 Senior Capstone (3 Credit Hours)

Concentration in Public Administration


  • POLS 310 Introduction to Public Administration (3 Credit Hours)
  • Choose an additional 6 hours from: Please note: Students in the virtual program may ONLY take those courses noted with *.

  • *POLS 611 Policy Analysis (3 Credit Hours)
  • *POLS 612 Administration Process (3 Credit Hours)
  • *POLS 616 Public Personnel Management (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 400 Urban Politics (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 103 State and Local Government (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 380 or 672 Topics or Seminar (3+ Credit Hours)
  • *Or other approved courses. (3+ Credit Hours)
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