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Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration
Given the CSUB goals of academic excellence and diversity, high quality student experiences, and community engagement, it is the mission of this Bachelor of Arts (BA) program in Public Administration to prepare undergraduate students for administrative and managerial 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. In addition, the program builds informed, active and responsible citizenship.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration
Total Units Required to Graduate 180 units
Major Requirements 85 units
Lower Division Foundation Core 20
Core courses 45
Other University Requirements 67-72 units
CSUB 101 2
American Institutions 5*
Area A 10*
Area B 15
Area C 15
Area D 5*
Theme 1 5
Theme 2 5
Theme 3 0*
GWAR (Exam) or Class 0*
*AI, A3, D2, D3, Theme 3, and GWAR satisfied in major
Additional Units 23-28 units
See http://www.csub.edu/schedules.shtml for current list of
courses satisfying university-wide requirements.
Note: One (1) quarter unit of credit normally represents one
hour of in-class work and 2-3 hours of outside study per week.
Requirements for the Major in Public Administration
A. Required Lower Division Foundation Courses
1. ACCT 220, ECON 202, PLSI 101, PHIL 102 or ANTH
120 or 121 or HUM 102 or SOC 120
B. Required Core Courses
2. PPA 275, 300, 320, 340, PPA 401 or BA 301, PPA 476 or
MGMT 310, PPA 478, 490, COMM 304
C. Upper Division Electives (4 approved courses)
In addition to the foundation and core requirements,
students must complete four approved 300-level or 400-
level courses in Public Policy and Administration.
Students may take 500-level courses or take the
foundation courses for the MPA and MSA-HCM. PPA
401 may not be counted by PPA majors in both the core
and the electives. Students may also take coursework in
other disciplines such as marketing, management, finance,
economics, criminal justice, and other social science
disciplines if it matches their career objectives. Make
these choices after consulting the undergraduate advisor.
Service Learning Component in BAPA:
Undergraduate public administration students must
complete at least one service learning component during
their degree program. This service learning component
may be satisfied by a community-based project in a public
administration class, an independent study, cooperative
education, an internship, or another means approved by
the PPA faculty. Students must develop a service learning
portfolio to be presented in PPA 490.
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
should take the appropriate Fast Track courses as electives
counting toward completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Public
Administration (see the “Fast Track” minors). Seniors may
take 500-level electives, with the permission of the department.
Undergraduate students may not take 600- level courses.
Courses at the 600-level are limited to classified graduate
Minors in Public Administration
A minor in Public Administration is available to candidates
for any baccalaureate 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
Requirements for the Minor in Regular Public Administration Minor (20 units)
1. Requires PPA 275, 300
2. Plus at least (2) of the following: PPA 320, 325, 340,
401, 465, (476 or MGMT 310), or 478
Minors in MPA or MSA-Health Care Management, “Fast Track”
For those considering the MPA or MSA-Health Care
Management programs, the “Fast Track” minors allow students
to complete the MPA and MSA-HCM Foundation as part of
their undergraduate minor. Students must pass the courses to
receive credit for a minor or a PPA elective; however, students
also wishing to use the Fast Track courses to meet the graduate
Foundation must achieve a “B” (3.0) or higher in each course.
Requirements for the Minor in MPA “Fast Track” (20 units)
1. PPA 491, 401, 492, 493
Requirements for the Minor in MSA-HCM “Fast Track”(4 of the 5 courses; 20 units)
1. PPA 401 (may not be double counted in both the PPA
core and PPA electives), PPA 492, 493, 494, 505
Requirements for the Minor in Nonprofit Management (20 units)
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.
1. Requires PPA 350*, 450*, 496*
2. Plus at least one of the following: ACCT 220, 221, MGMT
460, MKTG 300, 304, 430, PPA 465*, 478*
*May not be counted for minor credit by PPA majors.
Requirements for the Minor in Health Care Management (21-25 units)
A minor in Health Care Management is available to candidates
for any baccalaureate degree program. The minor may be of
interest to students interested in pursuing careers in health
care or health care management. The minor would also allow
students to complete some of the fast track courses into the
MPA or MSA in Health Care Management. These students
must seek approval from the PPA Undergraduate Advisor
before beginning work on the minor for curriculum planning
from the courses listed below and to facilitate the sequencing
of courses and transition to the Master’s level degree programs.
Students must consult with the PPA internship advisor and
the health care management faculty to identify a service learning experience.
A student must take five upper division courses (25 units)
including an applied learning experience from the following
courses. (If students choose to complete PPA 492, they also
must have completed a 300-level statistics course or higher to be eligible).
1. PPA 425, 494
2. Two of the following: ECON 310, PPA 426, 419, 536
3. And complete an Applied Learning Experience, one of
the following: PPA 496, 497, 492*
*Must have completed PPA 401, BA 301, or an upper division
statistics course approved by the PPA undergraduate advisor).
Requirements for the Certificate in Public Administration
An individual who desires to begin non-degree study in Public
Administration may apply for a certificate. Six (6) courses
are required for the Certificate in Public Administration:
1. PPA 275, 300, 401, PPA 476 or MGMT 310, PPA 478,
Plus one approved elective.
Requirements for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management
An individual who desires to begin non-degree study in
nonprofit management may apply for a certificate. Six courses
are required for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
1. Requires PPA 350, 450, 496
2. Plus at least three of the following: ACCT 220, 221,
MKTG 304, 315, 430, MGMT 460, MKTG 300, PPA 465, 478