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Public Administration



Michael Ford, Chairperson

Program Office: Clow Faculty 420
Telephone: (920) 424-0037



Filipova Larson


  • Undergraduate: None
  • Graduate: The Public Administration Department offers graduate study at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in the Master of Public Administration program. For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin.

Summary of Fields of Study

1. Goal(s)

  • Students will demonstrate broad-based knowledge of theory, research, and practice in public administration, leadership, and policy directly applicable at professional levels in public and nonprofit organizations.
  • Students will demonstrate well-developed critical thinking, problem-solving, and research skills in addressing contemporary problems or issues in the public interest.
  • Students will demonstrate strong, positive interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with a diverse constituency both individually and in group settings.

2. The Major(s)

  • None

3. The Minor(s)

  • None

Admission/Graduation Requirements

  • None

Required Core Courses

  • None

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

  • None

The Minor(s)

  • None


Course Offerings

Public Administration    102 3 (crs.)
Contemporary Public Issues (XS)
This course will examine the major issues facing American society today. It will discuss the popular debates over social problems and analyze the strains on public institutions that these contentions produce. It will provide broad coverage of public affairs through a critical inquiry into the external environmental forces that shape modern government.
Public Administration    221 3 (crs.)
Introduction to Public Administration (XS)
Historical role of administration in government; techniques and problems of executive leadership, finance, personnel, planning and control.
Public Administration    307 3 (crs.)
Administrative Law and Procedure
The rule-making and adjudicating powers of governmental agencies. Specific topics such as rights of public employees in dismissal or suspension proceedings, rights of industries in regulatory proceedings, and open meeting laws. Judicial review of agency action. Prerequisite: Public Affairs 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of instructor. 307/507
Public Administration    361 3 (crs.)
Campaign Management
This course is designed to expose students to the principles and techniques necessary for the organization and management of electoral campaigns. It will provide the conceptual base for understanding, planning a strategy, establishing an organization, and utilizing the appropriate media. This class will attempt to raise the level of ‘inside’ or practical election management experience so that it can be combined with political theory and social science data in order to assist class participants in making the many judgments needed for effective electioneering.
Public Administration    362 3 (crs.)
Public Personnel Administration
Personnel concepts and techniques in public organization, staffing, career systems, affirmative action, public unionism, compensation, fringe benefits, motivation, evaluation, supervisor-supervisee relations, etc. Traditional, behavioral and reform approaches in personnel administration. This course is cross-listed. Prerequisite: Public Admin 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor. 362/562
Public Administration    363 3 (crs.)
American Bureaucracy and Political Process
The role of bureaucracy in the making and implementing of public policy. Special focus on strategic interactions between American Bureaucracy and political institutions. Critical examination of administrative accountability and responsibility, administrative ethics and law, planning and budgeting, and professionalism and bureaucratic elitism. Prerequisite: Public Affairs 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor. 363/563
Public Administration    364 3 (crs.)
Administrative Leadership and Behavior
Leadership criteria, sources, motivations and possibilities at different organizational levels in America; tools of leadership for promoting organizational goals; analysis of effects on societal, political and bureaucratic structures on a cross-cultural basis. Prerequisite: Public Affairs 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor. 364/564
Public Administration    365 3 (crs.)
Policies of Emergency Management
This course will focus on the political processes, institutional structures, public policies and social phenomena associated with mitigating the likely effects of extreme events, responding to them and recovering from them. The course is intended to help emergency managers develop an understanding of how local, state, federal and intergovernmental politics affect and are affected by hazards, crises, disasters and other extreme events. This course is cross-listed. Prerequisite: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.
Public Administration    366 3 (crs.)
Emergency Planning and Administration
This course will introduce the concepts, theories, principles and practices of emergency planning and administration. It is intended to provide students with the analytic tools and techniques they can use in ranking risks and anticipating crises and then developing and implementing strategic preparedness programs in the public sector. The course will identify the various aspects of government and nonprofit planning for emergencies and show how these plans are tied to budgets, operational controls and public accountability. This course is cross-listed. Prerequisite: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.
Public Administration    369 3 (crs.)
Government and the Economy
The application in modern governmental agencies of budgeting processes, planning regulatory activities and organizational devices for control, supervision, and decision making.  Prerequisite: Public Affairs 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.  369/569
Public Administration    390 3 (crs.)
Comparative Public Administration
The administrative systems of selected North American, European, African and Asian countries; with particular emphasis on administrative recruitment, promotion, policy making, supranational organizations, developmental planning and institution building. Prerequisite: Political Science 101 or Public Affairs 221.
Public Administration    391 3 (crs.)
Environment and Energy Management
This course will introduce students of Public Administration to the growing fields of environmental protection and energy conservation. Students will be introduced to policy options addressing the diminishing supply of fossil fuels at the national as well as the state and local levels. Students will learn basic skills related to managing energy in order to develop and supervise energy conservation programs for units of local government and small organizations. Prerequisite: Public Affairs 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of instructor. 391/591
Public Administration    392 3 (crs.)
Public Administration Internship
The purpose of the public administration internship is to give students real-world experience in the public, nonprofit, or health care sectors. Prerequisites: The student must be enrolled in a Public Administration Minor, and must have completed PUB ADM 221 Introduction to Public Administration. Students also must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Public Administration    446 1 – 3 (crs.)
Independent Study
The independent study in Public Administration allows undergraduate students to participate in directed reading and written reports in areas not covered by current course offerings. The object of the course is to enable students to engage in intensive in-depth study of a single specific topic in public administration. Instructor consent is required. Prerequisite: Instructor consent is required.