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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

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)
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