Oct 14, 2019  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 

Public Administration Major

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Public administration is a broad-ranging discipline that combines theory and practice, and focuses on the organization of government structure, policies and programs, and the performance of officials. Public administration encourages public policies that are more responsible to human, social and economic needs and that are more efficient and effective.

The public administration major involves a core of course work in public administration and a choice of electives. It may be combined with any number of minors appropriate to the career interests of the student. Students who major in public administration enter a broad range of careers in government service (federal, state or local), nonprofit organizations or business. Some go on to graduate or professional schools in political science, public administration, public policy, business administration or law.

A minor is to be selected in consultation with a public administration adviser. Recommended choices include: computer science, economics, general business, management or writing. Other appropriate minors include: communication, conservation and resource use, criminology and criminal justice, gerontology, historic preservation, journalism, health administration, land use analysis, military science, nonprofit administration, public law and government and social work.

Students are encouraged to take PLSC 112 /PLSC 113  American Government as a General Education course prior to the required core courses and to complete PLSC 112 /PLSC 113  within the first nine hours of political science course work. With permission of the public administration adviser, six credit hours of internship credit (PLSC 480 , PLSC 486 /PLSC 488 /PLSC 489 ) or six credit hours of cooperative education credit (PLSC 387 /PLSC 487 ) may be applied to the major. Students should consult an adviser about including these and special topics courses as a part of their program of study.

For more information regarding internships visit the department site here: http://www.emich.edu/polisci/internships/index.php

Political Science Department Information:

Department Head: Dr. Arnold Fleischmann
Department Contact: afleisch@emich.edu
Web site: http://www.emich.edu/polisci/

Additional department information is available here  in the online catalog.

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .  Download the Gen Ed Checklist  here.

Major Requirements: 36 hours

Minor Requirements:

This program requires a minor. Please contact your program adviser for a list of possible minors.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.


Each student must choose a writing intensive course as part of major completion requirements. Consult your adviser for course options.

*Up to six semester hours of internship credit (PLSC480, PLSC486, PLSC488 or PLSC489) or cooperative education credit (PLSC387 and PLSC487) may be applied to the major.

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Not more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix) may be applied towards the minimum of 124 hours required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is coordinated by the Office of Admissions, and additional documentation may be required.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU in Fall 2007 or later or who have elected to follow the current (“new”) General Education Program, follow the “For Students” link under the Current Program heading.
  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before Fall 2007 and who have elected to follow the Pre-2007 General Education Requirements, follow the “General Education Program Prior to Fall 2007 (pdf file)” link under the Program Prior to Fall 2007 heading. Please note that students who wish to graduate under pre-2007 General Education requirements must graduate by August 2014; those who have not completed all degree requirements by that time will need to satisfy the current (Fall 2007) General Education requirements.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic adviser for additional information.

University Information: Consult the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.

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