C A L I F O R N I A S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y B A K E R S F I E L D
Dorothy Donahoe Hall, A103
(661) 664-2438 (fax)
|Chair:||R. Steven Daniels|
|Faculty:||R. Catlin, S. Frisch,
T. Martinez, BJ Moore
Individuals enrolled in our Public Policy and Administration (PPA) programs gain new skills and expertise that enable them to prepare for top-level positions with local, county, state and federal agencies; nonprofit
organizations; hospitals and health care agencies; and private corporations engaged in community development or governmental regulations. In addition to the affirmative recruitment of women, ethnic minorities and the disabled, the department strongly
encourages the enrollment of practitioners in the undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs.
About Our Alumni – Our alumni serve in a variety of prestigious capacities, both locally and nationally. They include past and present county administrative officers (CAO’s);
chief executive officers (CEO’s) of hospitals, retirement centers, mass transit systems, and special economic development zones; CEO’s of nonprofit organizations; policy specialists for elected officials at the national and local levels;
presidents of private industry; presidents of state-wide professional associations; as well as elected public servants at the local and state levels. Other alumni enjoy professional careers in city management, special districts, social work
organizations, criminal justice organizations (law enforcement and prison management), and in the rapidly growing health care professions.
National Accreditation by NASPAA – The department enjoys accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for its graduate
programs. This means that the educational experience and course content you receive from us will be comparable to that which is offered at other NASPAA-accredited programs. Such national acknowledgment provides "an edge" for our students in
both the local and national job markets.
• Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration
• Master of Public Administration (MPA)
• Master of Science in Administration - Health Care Management (MSA-HCM)
Undergraduate students without experience in public service or administration are strongly encouraged to take an approved internship or community service to be arranged in consultation with the appropriate advisor.
Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Administration is designed to prepare undergraduate students for public service careers in government, nonprofit, health care, and volunteer organizations, as well as to upgrade the
knowledge and skills of professional personnel already in such organizations.
Requirements for the Major in Public Administration
The major consists of a minimum of 80-quarter units; the BA requires 186-quarter units.
Required Lower Division Foundation Courses
1. ACCT 220 Introduction to Financial Reporting and Accounting
2. ECON 100 (or Econ 201 and 202) The Economic Way of Thinking
3. PLSI 101 American Government
4. PHIL 102 Logical Reasoning
Required Core Courses
1. INST 275 Survey of Public Administration
2. COMM 304 Technical and Report Writing
3. COMM 330 Speech Communications for Management
4. PPA 340 Policy Networks
5. PPA 400 Public Management and Leadership
6. PPA 415 Research Methods in Public Administration
7. PPA 476 Public Human Resource Management
8. PPA 478 Budgeting in Public Organizations
9. PPA 490 Senior Seminar in Public Administration
Upper Division Electives (3 approved courses)
In addition to the foundation and core requirements, students must complete three approved upper division courses in Public Policy and Administration. Students may take 500-level courses or enter the Fast Track Minor with
Minor in Public Administration
A minor in Public Administration is available to candidates for a BA degree. The minor may be of special importance to those interested in pursuing the MPA or MSA-HCM degree. These students should seek advising from the
Undergraduate Advisor before beginning work on the minor. A student desiring a minor in Public Administration must have the approval of the Undergraduate Advisor, and must take four approved upper division courses in Public Policy and Administration.
Regular Minor (20 quarter units)
1. INST 275 Survey of Public Administration*
2. PPA 400 Public Management and Leadership**
3. PPA 476 Public Human Resource Administration
4. PPA 478 Budgeting in Public Organizations
* Satisfies U.S. Government portion of American Institutions Requirement, as well as Area D in the General Education Program.
** Satisfies Theme III (Social Science Requirement) for the General Education Program.
"Fast Track" Minors (20 quarter units)
For those considering the MPA or MSA-Health Care Management programs, the "Fast Track" minors allow students to complete graduate 500-level courses as part of their undergraduate minor. Students planning to apply
a Fast Track minor toward graduate requirements must earn a "B" or better in all 500-level courses. Enrollment in 500-level courses requires department approval.
MPA "Fast Track" (20 quarter units)
1. PPA 500 Environments of Public
2. PPA 501 Analytical Methods in Public
3. PPA 502 Program Evaluation
4. Plus one approved PPA elective
MSA-HCM "Fast Track" (20 quarter units)
1. PPA 500 Environments of Public Administration
2. PPA 501 Analytical Methods in Public Administration
3. PPA 502 Program Evaluation
4. PPA 504 Contemporary Issues in Health Care Management
Certificate in Public Administration – An individual who desires to begin non-degree study in Public Administration may apply for a certificate. Six courses are required for the Certificate in Public Administration:
1. INST 275 Administrative Processes in Government
2. PPA 400 Public Management and Leadership
3. PPA 415 Research Methods in Public Administration
4. PPA 476 Public Human Resources Management
5. PPA 478 Budgeting in Public Organizations
6. Plus one approved elective.
Undergraduate Students Planning to Pursue the MPA or the MSA-HCM
Note: Undergraduate students in Public Policy and Administration planning to pursue the MPA or MSA-HCM would be well advised to take the appropriate Graduate Prerequisite courses as electives counting toward completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration (see the "Fast Track" minors listed above). Seniors make take 500-level electives, with the permission of the department, but such electives may not be counted later toward graduate requirements. Undergraduate students may not take 600-level courses. Courses at the 600-level are limited to classified graduate students.
Career Awareness – The PPA Department offers two courses that provide undergraduate students an opportunity to explore careers in public serve and health care management. These courses also fulfill university requirements. They are:
1. INST 275 provides an introduction of the field of public administration, and it fulfills the US Government portion of the American Institutions requirement.
2. INST 275 also satisfies Area D in the General Education Program.
3. PPA 400 is a General Studies upper division course that deals with public management and organization.
4. PPA 400 satisfies Theme III (Social Science Requirement) for the General Education Program.
INST 275 Survey of Public Administration (5)
This course provides an introduction to the field of public administration, and assumes no previous familiarity with the subject. Topics surveyed include the constitution, the role of government enterprises, problems of
personnel, public budgeting, and alternative strategies for securing administrative responsibility. The course focuses on readings and cases involving Federal, State and local governments. Satisfies the U.S. government portion of the American
Institutions requirement, as well as Area D in the General Education Program. [F, W, S]
PPA 320 Information and Data Management in Public Administration (5)
This course explores how information technology and data management techniques are being used in public organizations to manage organizational processes, plan community action and evaluate service. The problems and promise
of IT are examined and the student learns basic skills in information and data management. Case studies and IT professionals are used to enhance learning.
PPA 330 Strategic Planning (5)
The purpose of this course is to increase student’s understanding of the theory and practice of strategic thinking, planning, and management for public and nonprofit managers. Successful managers must think strategically
by assessing probable future opportunities and threats to the organization or jurisdiction, create a "vision" that directs its future mission, and understands and utilize the values and interests of other individuals and organizations whose
cooperation is necessary to fulfill the mission of the organization of jurisdiction. The course is conducted from the perspective of public and nonprofit managers who must fulfill public goals and purposes by converting policy mandates into policy
actions that deliver goods or services to citizens.
PPA 340 Policy Networks (5)
This course offers an overview of the policy-making process and policy networks at the national, state, and local levels. This process can be divided (somewhat arbitrarily) into several stages: agenda setting, policy
formulations, policy adoption, budgeting, policy implementation, and policy evaluation. The course covers the relevant literature on each stage of the process. The course will also examine several important policy areas including economic policy,
energy and environmental policy, crime and criminal justice, welfare policy, health policy, education policy, legal and social equality, immigration policy, and life-style policy. Satisfies Theme III (Social Science Requirement) in the General
PPA 350 Nonprofit Management (5)
The nonprofit sector is an important feature in American society, a force in our economy and a distinctive feature in the American democracy. This course introduces the student to the nature, scope, values and unique
features of nonprofit and social service organizations. The concepts of philanthropy, charity, and welfare are explored and the student establishes a relationship with a local nonprofit.
PPA 360 Introduction to Administrative Law and Bureaucracy (5)
This course introduces the student to the concepts and processes of administrative law and governmental regulation. It reviews the evolution of administrative authority, rule-making, enforcement, adjudication, and judicial
PPA 400 Public Management and Leadership (5)
Introduces basic principles of responsible leadership, effective management, organizational change in public, nonprofit and health care management settings. Includes social science issues in: authority, motivation,
organization behavior and leadership styles. Satisfies Theme III (Social Science Requirement) in the General Education Program.
PPA 410 Administrative Literature Seminar (5)
This course considers universal administrative concepts and issues as they are presented in novels, plays, films, poems, and short stories. The experiencing and appreciation of this literature combines the understanding of
administration with the traditional values of humanistic study.
PPA 415 Research Methods in Public Administration (5)
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the conduct of mainstream public administration research, whether quantitative or qualitative methodology is used. Additionally the course aims to help
students develop skills for the intelligent critique of research reports/articles, and an appreciation for the challenges of conducting sound research in public affairs. Subjects to be covered include: hypothesis development, research design,
measurement (including index construction), data collection (surveys, interviews, secondary analysis, qualitative methods), ethical and professional issues, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, contingency table analysis, regression and
analysis of variance, and research communication.
PPA 419 Aging Services Administration (5)
This course focuses on current administration processes and the organization of services to the aging. It also surveys related policies at the national, state and local levels. There is special emphasis on services present
in Kern County.
PPA 430 Parks, Public Lands, and the Environment (5)
This seminar provides a survey of major parks, forest, public land issues, and institutions at the local, state, and national levels. Key topics include law enforcement and order maintenance, regulatory enforcement, safety
and security concerns, visitors and ranger diversity, and ecological/environmental policies for parks, forests, and other public lands and recreational areas.
PPA 471 Administration in the Justice System (5)
This course provides an intensive analysis of the major components of the criminal justice system as well as the interrelationships between the system’s primary components. Management personnel, decision-making, and
planning problems faced by administrators within the justice system will be explored through guest presentations, discussion, individual and group presentations.
PPA 473 Public Administration and the Political Process (5)
This course utilizes readings and discussion on the functions of public administration in a democratic political system. Case studies, guest presentations, individual and group presentations explore the media, pressure
group processes, and the relationships between administration and political processes in defining the public interest and responding to social conditions.
PPA 476 Public Human Resource Administration (5)
This course explores several of the major issues and ideas of public personnel administration: selection, promotion, pay, and discipline of public administrators; the merit system; civil service boards; collective
bargaining in the public sector; and ethical problems of modern public administrators. Includes discussion of nonprofit agency personnel administration.
PPA 477 Selected Topics in Public Policy and Administration (5)
In-depth studies of selected topic or topics not covered in regular courses are offered on a student demand basis. Topics vary each quarter; prerequisites announced for each topic. Conducted on seminar basis.
PPA 478 Budgeting in Public Organizations (5)
This course will introduce the student to the major concepts of public budgeting and finance in the United States. Budgeting at all levels of government will be covered. Key topics of study include: expenditure estimation,
revenue forecasting, capital budgeting, budget reform and financial management. The role of the budget in the policy process will also be emphasized.
PPA 479 Urban Planning and Public Policy (5)
This course introduces the student to the philosophy, theory, and practice of urban planning. In particular, the course material examines the development of cities and urban regions and the structure and functions of
contemporary cities. Students will conduct a critical review of alternative theories, recent trends, and new directions in American planning concepts and institutions. In addition, the course will feature an analysis of the context, function, and
legal aspects of land use controls, construction codes, mass transit, urban renewal, model cities, new towns, and related aspects of policy and programs implementation.
PPA 489 Prior Experiential Learning (5-20)
This course is designed to provide a mechanism by which new or continuing students may receive academic credit for prior experiential learning through a portfolio review process. Students may earn up to 20 credits through
this mechanism. To be eligible for academic credit, a student’s prior experiential learning must meet the following criteria: (1) the learning must have subject matter knowledge or base; (2) the learning must have general applicability outside the
specific situation in which it was acquired; (3) the learning must be equivalent to college-level work in terms of quality; (4) the students must be able to demonstrate that they know the relationship between what they have learned and other related
subject fields and their own goals; and (5) the learning must be verifiable; i.e., the students must be able to demonstrate that they possess the learning which they have claimed. The Undergraduate Program Advisor in the Department of Public Policy
and Administration will make decisions regarding the awarding of credit. Prerequisites: General Studies Portfolio Development course or PPA 499 focused on portfolio development.
PPA 490 Senior Seminar in Public Administration (5)
This capstone seminar for students in public administration examines: (1) the structure and environment of modern public bureaucracy; (2) the key administrative processes such as decision making leadership, communications,
budgeting, and personnel; (3) the policy-making process; (4) political and economic bases of public policy and administration.
PPA 496 Internship in Public Administration (1-5)
Students are assigned to various agencies and work under joint supervision of supervisors and the course instructor. Participation in staff and internship conferences, assigned reading, project where appropriate.
(Arrangements should be made one quarter in advance, as enrollments are limited.) Prerequisites: permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Department determines application and number of units. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only.
PPA 497 Cooperative Education (1-5)
The Cooperative Education Program provides a sponsored learning experience in a work setting, integrated with a field analysis seminar. The field experience, including the seminar and reading assignments, is supervised by
the cooperative education coordinator and faculty liaison working with the field supervisor. May be repeated. May not be used as a substitute for requirements. Department to determine application and number of units. Offered on a credit, no-credit
PPA 499 Individual Study (1-5)
Individual supervised projects or directed reading projects for students qualified to carry on independent work. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and department chair. Up to 5 units may be used to satisfy
elective degree requirements. Department determines application and number of units.
Note: To count for graduate elective credit and maintain graduate course standards, 400-level courses must be augmented with additional work.
Graduate courses are listed in the "Graduate Studies" section of this catalog.