CSUB Vision: "Our vision is that by 2014-15, CSU Bakersfield will be the leading campus in the CSU system in terms of faculty and academic excellence and diversity, quality of the student experience and community engagement. Realization of our vision will be advanced by recruitment, development and promotion of an excellent and diverse staff within an organizational culture committed to excellence in all areas.
In pursuit of this vision, individuals enrolled in our Public Policy and Administration (PPA) programs gain new skills and expertise that enable them to prepare for 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.
In pursuit of academic excellence and diversity, high quality student experiences, and community engagement 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.Rowdy Roadrunner
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.
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.
The minor in nonprofit management provides students in business and majors in humanities, social sciences, and physical education the opportunity for class preparation in community nonprofit and social action agencies. A total of 20 units are necessary.
A certificate in Public Administration is available to an individual who desires to begin a non-degree study in Public Administration. Six courses are required for the Certificate in Public Administration.
Those interested in the major, minor, or certificate should contact the Department Chair for advising.