Public Management

Bachelor of Science

DescriptionDegree Requirements

There are many activities in modern society in which the interests of the public and the private sectors overlap. Public management is a form of applied political science, providing a way to understand the ongoing struggle between these two spheres of life.The Bachelor of Science in Public Management at Plymouth State University combines the study of politics and government with courses in business and economics.

Careers for those with public management training encompass both private enterprise and jobs with local, municipal, county, regional, state, federal and international agencies. The PSU Public Management program also provides preparation for graduate study in public administration and prospective employment in town, city and county management.

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Students from Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts may be eligible for tuition breaks through the New England Board of Higher Education(NEBHE).

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Degree Requirements (120 credits)


PO 1020 American Government 3
PO 2020 Public Administration (DICO) 3
PO 3120 Political Parties, Elections, and Interest Groups (TECO) 3
PO 3150 State and Local Politics 3
PO 3680 Public Policy Analysis (WRCO) 3
PO 4010 Political Science Internship 3
PO 3000/4000 level Political Science electives [not PODI] 6
BU 1152 Financial Accounting 3
BU 2262 Management Accounting 3
EC 2550 Macroeconomics (GACO) 3
EC 2560 Microeconomics 3
Group A – complete four of the following (at least three of these courses must be at the 3000/4000 level): 12
BU 2290 Organizational Communications (WRCO)
BU 2440 Business, Ethics, and Society
BU 2480 Business Law I
BU 3180 Human Resource Management
BU 3220 Business and the Environment
BU 3410 Labor and Employment Law for Managers
BU 3560 Land Use Law and Development
EC 3600 Public Finance
EPL 2100 Community Planning
PO 3240 International Political Economy
PO 3250 Model United Nations (GACO) (INCO)
PO 3350 Women in World Politics
SO 3060 Social Problems
SO 3090 Criminology
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection – complete one of the following: 3
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO)
SS 3700 Social Statistics (QRCO)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
INCO Integration Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 30-28
If the Internship is unavailable, the credits are satisfied with a 3000/4000 level PO elective. Public Management majors may not declare the Business Administration or Political Science minor. A 2.50 grade point average is required in all major courses.

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.

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