2017-18 Academic Catalog

Political Science and Public Administration

Department Head and Graduate Coordinator: Dr. P. Edward French
105 Bowen Hall
Box PC
Mississippi State, MS  39762
Telephone: 662-325-2711
E-mail: efrench@pspa.msstate.edu
Website: http://www.pspa.msstate.edu

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration offers graduate study leading to the following degrees.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Policy and Administration
  • Master of Public Policy and Administration (M.P.P.A.)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science

The department awards a limited number of graduate assistantships.

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration

Admission Criteria

A student admitted to the Ph.D. program must have earned a graduate degree from an accredited university with a master’s level grade point average of at least 3.35.  The applicant must submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); three letters of recommendation; a current résumé, two samples of previously written research (e.g., graduate thesis or capstone analysis) or analytic work completed in his or her professional career; and a statement of professional intent. The Ph.D. committee interviews most applicants.

Any international applicant whose native language is not English must submit scores that are not more than two years old from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Language Testing Systems (IELTS). These applicants must achieve a score of 600 PBT (100 iBT) or better on the TOEFL or 7.5 on the IELTS.  

Academic Probation

A student whose GPA fall below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation the following semester.  See the complete Academic Probation policy in this catalog.

Unsatisfactory Performance

A student in the Ph.D. program will be dismissed if he or she receives a second grade of C or lower or fails the preliminary exams a second time.

Master of Public Policy and Administration

The 42-hour Master of Public Policy and Administration (M.P.P.A.) program strives to professionalize and diversify public service.  The program prepares persons to serve effectively as public administrators at the national, state, and local levels of government.

Admission Criteria

A competitive applicant for the M.P.P.A. program must have completed the last two years of undergraduate work with a grade point average of 3.00; applicants with previous graduate work must have a grade point average of 3.00 on such coursework.  Moreover, the applicant must submit three letters of recommendation, official transcript(s), a Statement of Purpose, and the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  An applicant with a lower grade point average may be admitted if she or he has a competitive score on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing portions of the GRE.

Any international applicant whose native language is not English must submit scores that are not more than two years old from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS).  These applicants must have a score of 600 PBT (100 iBT) or better on the TOEFL or 7.5 on the IELTS.

A student who has not been enrolled for one regular semester (fall or spring) is required to submit a readmission form and a new statement of purpose.  The readmission must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.  If a student has not been enrolled for one calendar year, the applicant must submit a new application and statement of purpose to be considered for readmission.

Provisional Admission

An applicant who has not fully met the GPA requirement stipulated by the University may be admitted on a provisional basis.  The provisionally-admitted student is eligible for a change to regular status after receiving a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 hours of graduate courses at Mississippi State University (with no grade lower than a B).  The first 9 hours of graduate courses must be within the student's program of study.  Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.  If a 3.00 is not attained, the provisional student shall be dismissed from the graduate program.  Academic departments may set higher standards for students to fulfill provisional requirements; a student admitted with provisional status should contact the graduate coordinator for the program’s specific requirements.  While in the provisional status, a student is not eligible to hold a graduate assistantship.

Academic Probation

A student whose GPA fall below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation the following semester.  See the complete Academic Probation policy in this catalog.

Unsatisfactory Performance

A student in the M.P.P.A. program will be dismissed if he or she receives a second grade of C or lower.  He or she will also be dismissed if found responsible for violating the Student Honor Code for a second time.  See the complete Graduate School policy on Academic Dismissal in this catalog.

Master of Arts in Political Science

Admission Criteria

A competitive applicant for the Master of Arts in Political Science program must have completed the last two years of undergraduate work with a grade point average of 3.00; an applicant with previous graduate work must have a grade point average of 3.00 on such coursework.  Moreover, the applicant must submit three letters of recommendation.  An applicant with a lower grade point average may be admitted if he or she has a competitive score on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing portions of the GRE.

Any international applicant whose native language is not English must submit scores that are not more than two years old from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS).  These applicants must achieve a score of 600 PBT (100 iBT) on the TOEFL or 7.5 on the IELTS. 

Readmission

A student not enrolled for one regular semester (fall or spring) is required to submit a readmission form and a new statement of purpose.  The readmission must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.  If a student has not been enrolled for one calendar year, the applicant must submit a new application and statement of purpose to be considered for readmission into his/her program of study.

Provisional Admission

An applicant who has not fully met the GPA requirement stipulated by the University may be admitted on a provisional basis.  The provisionally-admitted student is eligible for a change to regular status after receiving a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 hours of graduate courses at Mississippi State University (with no grade lower than a B).  The first 9 hours of graduate courses must be within the student's program of study.  Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.  If a 3.00 is not attained, the provisional student shall be dismissed from the graduate program.  Academic departments may set higher standards for students to fulfill provisional requirements; a student admitted with provisional status should contact the graduate coordinator for the program’s specific requirements.  While in the provisional status, a student is not eligible to hold a graduate assistantship.

Academic Probation

A student whose GPA fall below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation the following semester.  See the complete Academic Probation policy in this catalog.

Unsatisfactory Performance

A student in the Master of Arts program will be dismissed if he or she

  • receives a second grade of C or lower, or
  • fails the comprehensive examination a second time, or
  • receives unsatisfactory grades for two semesters in PS 8000 (thesis only), or
  • is found to be responsible for violating the Student Honor Code for a second time.

See the complete Graduate School policy on Academic Dismissal in this catalog.

Accelerated Program

Highly qualified PSPA undergraduates are encouraged to apply to the Accelerated Program.  This program permits students to earn up to 9 hours of graduate level coursework during their final year of undergraduate studies.  Students can take graduate level courses and earn both undergraduate and graduate credit simultaneously.  Students need to consult with a potential graduate advisor to ensure graduate credit could be applied to a Program of Study for the graduate degree. Application to this program may be made as early as the end of the junior year (i.e., after completion of 90 or more hours of graded undergraduate courses). Students interested in applying to the Accelerated Program should contact the Department's Accelerated Program Director, Dr. Brian Shoup, for more details.

Entrance requirements to the Accelerated Program include the following.

  • A GPA of 3.50 or higher for all undergraduate work
  • A minimum of 60 hours toward a bachelor's degree

For students enrolled in an Accelerated Program, the MSU Graduate Council has established these guidelines in cooperation with the Registrar's Office.

  • Once the student is accepted into the Accelerated Program, the student and the advisor may select up to 9 hours that will satisfy both undergraduate and graduate requirements. These courses may be split level (i.e. split 4000-6000 level) or 8000 level classes. The student should take the courses for graduate credit (i.e. 6000-level or higher). The combination of undergraduate and graduate credit hours may not exceed 13 hours within a semester.
  • The student should use the Undergraduate Enrollment in Accelerated Degree Program form to (i) receive from the Office of the Graduate School a level override that enables the student's enrollment in the graduate course(s) and (ii) activate a process with the Registrar's Office to obtain both undergraduate and graduate credit for the course. After successfully completing the graduate-level class(es), the Registrar will grant credit for the undergraduate course and give the same grade as received for the graduate course. For the case of a split-level class, the transcript will show credit for both 4000-level and 6000-level on the transcript. In the case of an 8000-level class, a special topics undergraduate course of the same title will be entered on the transcript to allow dual credit.
  • Students are permitted to opt out of the accelerated program at any time, at which point they would complete only the undergraduate portion of the program. No additional dual counting of courses would occur after the student opted out of the Accelerated Program.
  • Student are expected to apply to the graduate degree program during the last semester in which they are enrolled in the bachelor's program. Application to the graduate degree program would be made through the standard application process via the Office of the Graduate School. Students will receive the bachelor's degree once the requirements for the bachelor's degree are met. Students will be required to complete all of the requirements for both the bachelor's and graduate degrees in order to receive both degrees and those requirements will be identical to the requirements for students enrolled in traditional bachelor's and graduate degree programs. Students will be classified as undergraduates until they fulfill all the requirements for the undergraduate degree. At that time, upon admission to graduate school, they will be classified as graduate students and will be subject to the guidelines pertaining to the graduate degree.

Master of Arts in Political Science - Thesis

Approved coursework in research methods and public policy6
PS 8000Thesis Research/ Thesis in Political Science6
PS XXXXAdditional political science courses12
Approved electives6
Total Hours30

The thesis program is open to anyone who obtains approval by the M.A. Committee.  A minimum of 12 hours excluding thesis credits at the 8000-level is required.

Master of Arts in Political Science - Non-Thesis

Approved coursework in research methods and public policy6
PS XXXXAdditional political science core courses12
Approved electives 115
Total Hours33
1

If all or part of the elective coursework is completed outside of political science, students must choose courses from no more than two other departments. 

A minimum of 15 hours at the 8000-level is required.

The non-thesis program is open to anyone with at least 18 undergraduate semester hours in social science courses, including 9 hours in political science, who meets the minimum admission requirements.

Master of Public Policy and Administration

Core Courses
PPA 8103Seminar in Public Administration3
PPA 8703Government Organization and Administrative Theory3
PPA 8713Public Personnel Management3
PPA 8723Public Budgeting and Financial Management3
PPA 8733Public Program Evaluation3
PPA 8743Administrative Law3
PPA 8803Research Methods for Public Affairs3
PPA 8903Public Policy3
PPA 8983Integrative Capstone3
Elective Courses
Courses in selected concentration12
Internship
Public or non-profit internship 13
Total Hours42
1

The internship is waived for students possessing at least one year of relevant work experience. 

Core courses provide broad training in public policy and administration.  These courses cover the fundamental competencies essential for professional practice in the field of public policy and administration. Each student must complete a 12-hour elective concentration to augment knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired in required courses.  These courses are tailored to the student’s career objective.

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration

Public Administration Core Courses
PPA 9603Scope of American Public Administration3
PPA 9703Organization Behavior in the Public Sector3
PPA 9713Administration of Human Resources in a Public Sector Environment3
PPA 9723Public Budgeting Processes and Their Policy Implications3
PPA 9613Rural Government Administration I: Theoretical and Environmental Aspects3
PPA 9203Constitutional and Political Framework of Public Administration.3
PPA 9303Foundations of Public Administration3
PPA 9403Comparative Public Administration3
PPA 9903Public Policy Formulation and Implementation3
Elective Courses
Any graduate-level courses approved by the student's committee6
Research Methodology
PPA 9803Multivariate Analysis and Design for Public Affairs3
PPA 9993Research Design and Philosophy of Science3
PPA 9503Qualitative Research for Public Affairs3
PPA 9813Advanced Quantitative Analysis for Public Affairs3
Dissertation
PPA 9000Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Public Policy and Administration20
Total Hours65

The program focuses primarily on preparing graduates for teaching careers and for research careers. 

The program's secondary focus is preparing graduates for management careers in federal, state, and local administration.

Assistantships are available for full-time study. An applicant interested in being considered for financial assistance must indicate that interest at the time of application.  Applications for financial assistance are due by March 1.

A student who has not been enrolled for one regular semester (fall or spring) is required to submit a readmission form and a new statement of purpose.  The readmission must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator.  If a student has not been enrolled for one calendar year, the applicant must submit a new application and statement of purpose to be considered for readmission.

Political Science

PS 6163 The Chief Executive: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Historical and comparative study of chief executives, including governors and mayors, with special emphasis on the Presidency

PS 6173 Legislative Process: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Organization, work, and procedure of legislative bodies and other law-making authorities

PS 6183 Judicial Process: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Process and structure of the American legal system and the role of the judiciary

PS 6193 Mississippi Judicial System: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: PS 1113). Three hours lecture. A study of the interrelationship of the actors within Mississippi's judicial system. Emphasis is placed on judicial decision-making, selection process, and resource allocation

PS 6203 Political Parties and Electoral Problems: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. The development and operation of American political parties, with special attention to electoral problems

PS 6213 Campaign Politics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Survey of the theory of political campaigns, the resources and techniques they employ, and their effects on voters

PS 6223 The Dynamics of American Democracy: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Analysis of factors affecting the translation of public opinion into public policy within a national institutional context

PS 6233 Interest Groups: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: PS 1113 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. The study of the politics and practices of interest groups within the American political process

PS 6253 Southern Politics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Survey of the politics of the Confederate and border states, examination of party development, leadership, and impact of the South in national politics

PS 6263 Mississippi Government and Politics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. A study of the organization, powers, processes and politics of state government in Mississippi

PS 6273 African American Politics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: PS 1113). Three hours lecture. The nature, processes, structures, and functions of African American politics in the domestic arena and international arena. (Same as AAS 4273)

PS 6283 Public Opinion: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. The nature of public opinion; the influence of the press; pressure groups and propaganda techniques; the means of political communication

PS 6293 Political Behavior: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Examination of the foundations and types of individual political activity; emphasis on psychological, social and cultural factors influencing personal political behavior

PS 6303 US Foreign Policy: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: PS 1313 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. An examination of the decision-making processes, institutions and structures that influence the formulation and execution of past and current U.S. foreign policy

PS 6313 Principles of International Law: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1313 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. The nature, sources and scope of international law as found in custom, international convention, the teachings of authoritative writers, and judicial decisions

PS 6323 International Organization: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1313 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. A study of the development of international organization and a concentration on the structure, processes and functions of the United Nations and its specialized agencies

PS 6333 Theories of International Relations: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1313 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. This course critically examines traditional and contemporary, normative and behavioral, qualitative and quantitative theories of international relations

PS 6343 International Conflict and Security: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: PS 1313 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Study of the patterns, causes, and consequences of armed conflict between nations

PS 6353 International Political Economy: 3 hours.

Prerequisite: PS 1313 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. This course will systematically address the relationship between politics and economics in an international context

PS 6363 International Peacekeeping and Post-Conflict Nation: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:PS 1313 or PS 1513). An examination of peacekeeping operations with an emphasis on identifying reason for success or failure and on the role of international actors in rebuilding war-torn societies

PS 6383 National Security Policy: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1313 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. An examination of those policies and issues affecting American national security with attention to the institutions, organizations and processes which shape them

PS 6393 The Global Context: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Examination of selected issues of current importance to international relations

PS 6403 Ancient Medieval Political Theory.: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Political philosophy from Plato and Aristotle through the Middle Ages

PS 6423 20th Century Political thought: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 2403 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. An examination of selected thinkers, text, and ideas in the history of political thought from the late 19th Century to the present

PS 6433 American Political Theory: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Major schools of political thought in America from the colonial to the contemporary period

PS 6453 Western Political Theory: Plato to Marx: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1113 or PS 2403). Three hours lecture. Chronological survey of central thinkers, texts, ideas, and movements in Western political thought from Plato to Marx

PS 6543 African Politics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1513 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. contemporary sub-Saharan Black Africa; prospects for political development or decay. Role of parties, bureaucracy and military and their relation to elite formation and political integration. (Same as AAS 4543)

PS 6553 Western European Politics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1513 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Governments of countries of Western Europe with emphasis upon England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain

PS 6593 Latin American Politics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1513 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Background, organization, and structure of the governments of the various Latin American countries

PS 6613 Civil Wars and Intra-State Conflicts: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing or greater, PS 1513, and/or Instructor Consent). Three hours lecture. This course examines the causes of intra-state conflicts in the modern world as well as possible solutions

PS 6623 Politics of the 3rd World: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1513 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Political processes of developing nations. Prospects for development and decline considered. Relationship between political, economic and cultural dimension during the process of social change

PS 6633 Democracy and Democratization: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: PS 1513). Three hours lecture. This course examines aspects of the evolution of democracy from its historical and conceptual origins to the present,explores democracy's classical definition and its understanding within modern political science, and considers efforts to measure democracy

PS 6703 Principles of Public Administration: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Bureaucratic politics and power; administrative responsibility in a pluralist democracy; public administrative organization; public personnel administration; and public budgeting

PS 6743 Environmental Policy: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: PS 1113, PS 2703, or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. History, development, and practice of environmental policy in the United States

PS 6990 Special Topics in Political Science: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

PS 7000 Directed Individual Study in Political Science: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

PS 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Political Science: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

PS 8523 Reading in Local Government and Politics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Reading assigned material in state government and politics and making reports thereon under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty

PS 8533 Readings in National Government and Politics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Reading assigned material in an appropriate subfield of national government and making reports thereon under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty

PS 8543 Readings in Comparative Government and Politics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Reading assigned material in an appropriate subfield of comparative government and making reports thereon under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty

PS 8553 Readings in International Relations: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Reading assigned material in an appropriate subfield of international relations and making reports thereon under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty

PS 8803 Research Methods in Public Affairs: 3 hours.

Stress on research designs and methods, survey research and other techniques and measuring data. focus on applied approaches for mathematically analyzing governmental data. (Same as PPA 8803)

PS 8903 Public Policy: 3 hours.

Nature, determinants, and effects of public goods and services; policy formulation and implementation; seminar emphasizes contemporary issues such as strategic planning, leadership, and managerial control. (Same as PPA 8903)

PS 8990 Special Topics in Political Science: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

PS 9103 American Political Institutions: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Seminar addressing theoretical and empirical issues per- taining to the dynamics of American political institutions

PS 9893 American Political Behavior: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: PPA 9803 and consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Seminar in American political behavior including public opinion, socialization, participation, and voting behavior. (same as PPA 9893)

Public Policy and Administration

PPA 7000 Directed Individual Study in Political Science and Public Administration: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

PPA 8103 Seminar in Public Administration: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: consent of instructor). Detailed examination of the major elements of the field of public administration, with particular emphasis on emerging trends in the field

PPA 8123 State Government Administration: 3 hours.

Seminar in the practice and principles of state government administration, including judicial and legislative administration

PPA 8133 City and County Management: 3 hours.

Seminar focus on small town and county management in quasi-bureaucratic settings. Detailed consideration of problem solving capabilities as they relate to different forms of local government structure

PPA 8143 Civil Rights and Affirmative Action: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: consent of the instructor). A seminar which examines the various civil rights laws and acts and court decisions related to affirmative action in the workplace and public policy

PPA 8153 Seminar in Privatization: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Examination of the theoretical and practical issues of public-private partnerships

PPA 8193 Seminar in Intergovernmental Relations: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: 9 hours of graduate work). Three hours lecture. Examines the current day functioning of the American federal system. Focuses upon national-state, national-local, interstate, state-local and interlocal relationships as well as fiscal federalism

PPA 8400 Public Administration Internship: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged. (Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Individual work experience under faculty guidance in a governmental or public agency. Scholarly paper on approved topic required. Student evaluations are assigned on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis

PPA 8653 Health Policy and the Health Policy Process: 3 hours.

Comprehensive review of health policy and the policy process in the U.S., illustrating how public policies affect the health care sector

PPA 8703 Government Organization and Administrative Theory: 3 hours.

Detailed survey of organization theories and managerial techniques as they relate to the public sector

PPA 8713 Public Personnel Management: 3 hours.

Course considers major developments in the issues and management practices affecting personnel such as affirmative action, unions, and civil service reforms

PPA 8723 Public Budgeting and Financial Management: 3 hours.

Analysis of current financial and budgetary techniques as they apply to the public sector. Capital budgeting, debt administration, and financial management

PPA 8733 Public Program Evaluation: 3 hours.

Techniques and analytical methods of assessing governmental program success. Special emphasis will be given to program designs, data collection and quantitative applications

PPA 8743 Administrative Law: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: PS 4703/6703). Three hours lecture. An environmental study of the legal nature and effect of policies and attitudes of government toward business, especially the power and limitations of regulatory agencies

PPA 8763 Local Government Planning: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Introduction to the public management practice of planning with an emphasis on local government processes, politics and techniques for planning

PPA 8803 Research Methods for Public Affairs: 3 hours.

Stress on research designs and methods, survey research and other techniques and measuring data. Focus on applied approaches for mathematically analyzing governmental data. (Same as PS 8803)

PPA 8833 Systems in Public Administration: 3 hours.

(Prerquisite: BIS 1013, CS 1013, TKT 4273/6273, or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Role of automated, computer-based systems in govenment; their impact on the workplace, government institutions, and the governmental systems; selected topical applications

PPA 8903 Public Policy: 3 hours.

Nature, determinants, and effects of public goods and services; policy formulation and implementation; seminar emphasizes contemporary issues such as strategic planning, leadership, and managerial control. (Same as PS 8903)

PPA 8983 Integrative Capstone: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites:Consent of Instructor).Three hours lecture. A groups-based consulting project on an issue currently facing a governmental or nonprofit organization. (should be taken in terminal semester of degree program )

PPA 8990 Special Topics in Political Science and Public Administration: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

PPA 9000 Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Public Policy and Administration: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

PPA 9103 American Political Institutions: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Seminar addressing theoretical and empirical issues pertaining to the dynamics of American political institutions. (Same as PS 9103)

PPA 9203 Constitutional and Political Framework of Public Administration.: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Examination of public administration from a constitutional perspective; social, political, historical, and institutional impact of governments in democratic societies

PPA 9303 Foundations of Public Administration: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Examination of the theory of public administration with emphasis on over-arching metaphors of public administration that often guide both theory and practice

PPA 9403 Comparative Public Administration: 3 hours.

Examination of the different ways public administration is practiced around the world

PPA 9413 Normative Analysis of American Public Policy: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Seminar exploring issues in American politics and public policy from a normative perspective. (Same as PS 9413)

PPA 9503 Qualitative Research for Public Affairs: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Examination of qualitative research, and the application of qualitative social research in public administration and public policy

PPA 9603 Scope of American Public Administration: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). Seminar dealing with historical background and development of American Public Administration as a discipline, and a review and analysis of current topics in the field

PPA 9613 Rural Government Administration I: Theoretical and Environmental Aspects: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). A seminar dealing with the principles of democratic theory as they affect the role of government and citizens' participation in government in rural settings

PPA 9623 Rural Government Administration II: Implementation Aspects: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). A seminar dealing with program implementation by rural and small town governments, including adoption and diffusion of management innovation by public administrators as change agents

PPA 9703 Organization Behavior in the Public Sector: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). Seminar dealing with major topics, issues, concerns of individual and group behavior in public organizations

PPA 9713 Administration of Human Resources in a Public Sector Environment: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). A seminar dealing with current basic research concerning management in the public sector environment

PPA 9723 Public Budgeting Processes and Their Policy Implications: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor). A seminar dealing with norms and behaviors of budget process participants, their impact on budget policy and implications of budget actions for democratic government

PPA 9803 Multivariate Analysis and Design for Public Affairs: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). A seminar dealing with public policy formulation, implementation and evaluation which stresses the theoretical aspects of policy processes

PPA 9813 Advanced Quantitative Analysis for Public Affairs: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: PPA 9803 or consent of instructor).Three hours lecture. Examination and application of advanced statistical techniques for quantitative research in public affairs

PPA 9893 American Political Behavior: 3 hours.

(Prerequsite: PPA 9803 and consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Seminar in American political behavior including public opinion, socialization, participation, and voting behavior. (Same as PS 9893)

PPA 9903 Public Policy Formulation and Implementation: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). A seminar dealing with public policy formulation implementation and evaluation which stresses the theoretical aspects of policy processes

PPA 9993 Research Design and Philosophy of Science: 3 hours.

Three hours lecturs. A hands on examination of applied and theoretical approaches to research design in public policy research