2019-2020 Catalog

Publication date June 2019

Public Administration Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Public administration helps prepare students for careers in nonprofit and governmental agencies by studying how these entities operate on a day-to-day basis. A course of study in public administration encompasses what government does, and how it does it. Careers in public administration focus on the development and implementation of policies at the governmental and non-profit areas. The study of public administration includes a variety of specialized subfields, including: public policy; public budgeting & finance; personnel management & ethics; nonprofit administration; urban planning; and program assessment & evaluation.

(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

36 credits

Public administration core:
ECO 110Microeconomics and Public Policy3
POL 102State and Local Government3
PUB 210Introduction to Public Administration3
Select one course from:3
Political Inquiry and Analysis
Research Methods in Politics and Government 1
PUB 320Public Budgeting and Finance3
PUB 330Public Policy3
PUB 450Internship in Public Administration3
POL 494Capstone Seminar in Politics and Government3
Public administration electives:
Select nine credits from the following:9
Leadership and Engagement
American Foreign Policy
Constitutional Law VII: Administrative Law
Urban Policy
Health Policy
Environmental Policy
Public Personnel Administration
Urban Administration
Health Administration
Ethical Decision Making in Government
Civic Engagement and the Wisconsin Idea
Nonprofit Organizations
Other electives:
Select an additional three credits of electives from any public administration course not used to satisfy the above requirements, or from the list of other courses (see list below).3
Total Credits36

Double majors in political science and public administration may only count POL 261 Political Inquiry and Analysis (3 cr.), POL 361 Research Methods in Politics and Government (3 cr.), and POL 494 Capstone Seminar in Politics and Government (3 cr.) towards the completion of both majors.

Other elective courses

PUB 399Special Topics in Public Administration3
ECO 300Economic Issues in Public Policy3
ECO 310Managerial Economics3
ECO 321Modern Political Economy3
ECO 350Health Economics3
ECO 400Monetary Theory and Policy3
ECO 402Public Sector Economics3
ENG 307Writing for Management, Public Relations and the Professions3
ENG 314Grant Writing3
GEO 307Political Geography3
GEO 309Urban Geography3
HIS 320Introduction to Public and Policy History3
HIS 322Public Education in Wisconsin and America3
MGT 308Behavior and Theory in Organizations3
POL 301American Presidency3
POL 302Legislative Process3
POL 450Internship in Political Science1-12
POL 451Internship in Criminal Justice3
POL 498Honors Research in Politics and Government3
PSY 241Social Psychology3
PSY 343Group Dynamics3
PSY 376Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
SOC 311Rural and Urban Communities3
WGS 374Women, Poverty and Public Policy3

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH/VPA) Bachelor of Science core requirements

The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

  1. Students majoring in English (writing and rhetoric or literature emphases) or in the department of global cultures and languages must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree; English major: medical professions emphasis majors may earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. Students majoring in other CASSH programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
  4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
  5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CASSH designated diversity course.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CASSH B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Bachelor of Science students complete four courses outside the department of the student's major as follows:
  1. A lab science course (from the general education list); and
  2. A social science course; and
  3. Another social science or general education natural science, or math course, or an approved CASSH alternative (ENV 201, PHL 334, PHL 339); and
  4. One additional course in humanities or fine arts or complete a global cultures and languages course 102 level or higher.
In addition to all other College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities core requirements, all students in CASSH must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
  2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
  3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCredits
POL 102 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
Gen Ed World Hist3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
Gen Ed Math14ECO 110 (Gen Ed & Required for Major)3
Gen Ed Arts2-3 
 16 13
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Gen Ed Arts2-3Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
CASSH Core Elective - Natural Lab Science4Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
Gen Ed Elective3Minor Course3
PUB 2103CASSH Core Elective3
Gen Ed Global Studies (ECO 120 recommended)3POL 361 or 2612,33
 16 15
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PUB Elective (300/400 level)3PUB Elective (300/400 level)3
PUB 3203PUB Elective (300/400 level)3
Minor Course (300/400 level)3Minor Course (300/400 level)3
CASSH Core Elective3University Elective3
Gen Ed Math/Language/Logical Systems3-4Minor Course3
 15 15
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PUB 3303POL 4943
PUB 4503PUB Elective3
CASSH Core Diversity Elective3Minor Course (300/400 level)3
Minor Course3University Elective (300/400 level)3
University Elective (300/400 level)3Gen Ed Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120
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