Bachelor of Social Sciences in
Government and Public Administration

Public Administration Stream


Introduction

The Public Administration Stream allows undergraduate majors the opportunity to study in depth the theories, history and develop the skills and substantive knowledge for a career in public administration. This curriculum provides a strong foundation for a career in government, NGOs or for further study in law or public administration.

After completing the first-year sequence required of all majors in the Government and Public Administration program, students may elect to pursue the Public Administration Stream at the beginning of their second year. Subsequently, they take courses that focus on the management of public sector organizations, such as Organizational Behavior, Public Finance, and Administrative Law. All students are required to take a certain number of electives offered by the Department of Government and Public Administration and to fulfill breadth requirements by taking courses offered by other departments at the University. In the fourth year of the program, all students are required to undertake a semester-long independent study under the supervision of a faculty advisor, which culminates in the production of a research paper that is orally defended before an examination committee. The independent study gives students the opportunity to draw on the analytical skills and substantive knowledge gained earlier in the program.


Course Plan

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Distribution / Diversity Courses Required Electives

Year 1

Course Code Course Name Credits
3
3
3
3
SAGE 100 Freshman Experiential Learning 0
2 General Education Courses - "English Language" Courses 6
General Education Courses 6
4 Distribution / Diversity Courses (see below) 12
Total Credits 36

Year 2

Course Code Course Name Credits
3
3
3
3
General Education Courses 12
2 Required Electives in the Public Administration Stream 6
2 Free Electives from any Department 6
Total Credits 36

Year 3

Course Code Course Name Credits
3
3
3
General Education Courses 6
3 Required Electives in the Public Administration Stream 9
2 Free Electives from any Department 6
Total Credits 30

Year 4

Course Code Course Name Credits
3
3
General Education Courses 6
4 Required Electives in the Public Administration Stream 12
2 Free Electives from any Department 6
Total Credits 30

Distribution / Diversity Courses

Students must enroll in 4 of the following courses in their first year. They must choose courses from at least 3 different fields.

Field Course Name
Sociology SOCB 110 Introduction to Sociology
SOCB 120 Introduction to Anthropology
Economics ECOB 100 Basic Microeconomics
ECOB 110 Basic Macroeconomics
Psychology PSYB 111 Introduction to Psychology
Philosophy PHIY 100 Western Philosophy: An Introduction
PHIY 101 Asian Philosophy: An Introduction
PHIY 102 Introduction to Logic
Communication COMB 111 Interpersonal Communication

Required Elective Courses

Course Code Course Name

Medium of Instruction

All courses are taught in English.


Graduation Requirements