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Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 355
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

University Degree Requirements 55 credit hours  
Foreign Language Requirement 10 credit hours
Departmental Core Curriculum 22 credit hours
Concentration Areas 18 credit hours
Free electives 19 credit hours
TOTAL 124 credit hours
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