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Degree of Bachelor of Public Administration Requirements

The objective of the Department of Public Administration is:

1. To prepare student! for entry level positions in government service and to provide them with the educational pre-requisites for graduate study.

A candidate for the Bachelor's degree of BPA must complete a minimum of 135 semester hours witnin the following areas:

  • 2 required science courses (6 credit hours)
  • 2 required math courses (8 credit hours)
  • 15 required liberal arts courses {31 credit hours)
  • 6 required core courses in business (28 credit hours)
  • 15 required courses in major (45 credit hours)
  • 5 courses In minor (15 credit hours)
  • 4 elective courses (12 credit hours) necessary to bring total hours to 135.

A candidate is expected to attain a minimum grade average of "C" with no "D" in the major.

Course Descriptions

201 Public Admin. - Introduction to Public Administration I
Pre-requisite.- Sophomore Standing

In this course emphasis is upon the relationship among the three branches of government, the rise of big government, the elements, functions, and processes of public administration, the principles and methods of administration, simple decision-making models, financial and personnel administration, organization theories and leadership concepts.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

202 Public Admin. - Introduction to Public Administration II
Pre-requisite: PADM 201

This course concentrates on the evolution of public administration as an academic discipline, representative schools ,of thought, decision-making models, Organizational Charts, and Hierarchies, Civil Servants and Collective Bargaining, Spoils and Merit Systems. New Trends in Public Administration.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

304 Public Admin. - Development Administration
Pre-requisite: PADM 202

A study of the nature, objectives and functions of development administration in the Third World with special reference to Liberia. The course includes the rising role of socio-economic planning, implementation and coordination of comprehensive, interregional, and sectoral development programs.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

305 Public Admin. - Public Health Administration
Pre-requisite: PADM 202

This is a study of the organization structure and functions of the public health, medical and social welfare programs of Liberia, with special reference to personnel procedures, communication, logistics, government financing, controls, and relationship with allied national and international organizations.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

306 Public Admin. - Administrative Law
Pre-requisite: PADM 202

This study of public administrative practices in its legal environment examines the administrative process in terms of relationships between administrative actions and the legal process; the advantages of administrative law; grievance, including combudsman and appeal systems, theories of administrative rule-making and adjudicating by civil servants, or regulatory agencies; and relevant constitutional doctrines.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

307 Public Admin. - Administrative Practice and Theory
Pre-requisite: PADM 202

The nature of public executive/administrative leadership in government. Including its basic constitutional and legal powers and constraints, its traits, functions, and styles used in the exercise of its social power, problems, and situational forces.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

308 Public Admin. - Public Organization Structure and Behavior
Pre-requisite: PADM 202

Analyses and classification of public organization typologies, including their objectives, structures, functions, problems, theories, group dynamics, change and adaptation, and the influence of culture in organizations.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

309 Public Admin. - Education Administration
Pre-requisite: PADM 202

A study of the Liberian system of education, its organization. Objectives, financing, personnel system, standards, government controls (certification, supervision, and inspection}, relationship with allied national and international organizations. Reference will also be made to other systems of educational administration.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

311 Public Admin. -Government Budgetary Process
Pre-requisite: PADM 202

A course principally on the Liberian Government Budget as an important instrument of economic and social policy and a tool for efficient management and coordination, with emphasis on the four basic phases of the budgetary process; Executive, and Post-Audit, and on the functions of the budget to: check inflation, reverse trade recessions, improve the balance of payments when adverse and redistribute incomes.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

315 Public Admin- - Public Policy Process
Pre-requisites: PADM 202 and MATH 108

The course studies the distinction between the concepts of Policy and Decision, and the application of rational - and non-rational comprehensive decision-making models, with special reference to Input-Output Analysis, Bayesian. Iterative Analytic Cycle, Statist icing, Muddling Through, Mixed Scanning, Elite - Mass, and Group Varieties.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

401 Public Admin. - Comparative Public Administration I
Pre-requisites: PADM 304 and PADM 308

Course comprises a survey of the history of administrative thought, development administration, general theories of bureaucratic organizations, a study of the similarities and differences in the orientations, administrative structures, and patterns of behavior of a selected number of states, their governments and political leadership styles, functions and problems.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

402 Public Admin. - Rural Development Administration
Pre-requisite: PADM 304

A study of the Liberian Government and socio-economic development policy objectives and programs as they relate to the rural areas. Emphasis is placed on Government's overall national development policy, in particular its current local government reorganization and decentralization policy, the formulation and implementation of its Rural Integrated Development Programs and general impact on traditional lifestyles.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

403 Public Admin. - Public Personnel Administration
Pre-requisites: PADM 306 and PADM 307

A study of general public personnel organization and administration, with special reference to the Liberian Civil Service Agency and its functions of Recruitment, Examination, Selection, Position Classification. Pay Plan. Discipline, Grievance System, Retirement, and coordinating agency personnel procedures.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

405 Public Admin. - Public Finance Administration
Pre-requisites: PADM 306 and PADM 311

Study of the organization, allocation, and administration of public finance with special reference to fiscal and monetary policies, the national tax structure, the organizational structure and functions of the Ministry of Finance; the Liberian banking system, the kinds of taxes, the public debt component and its management, and the budgetary process.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

406 Public Admin. - Public Administration and Public Enterprises
Pre-requisite: PADM 405

A Study of the government as a producer of goods and services through public corporations with special reference to Liberia, and emphasis on the organization, obiectives, scope and methods.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

407 Public Admin. - Government Planning
Pre-requisites: PADM 304 and PADM 405

A study of development planning concepts, types of socio-economic development plans, objectives of planning, development strategies, procedures and problems, with emphasis on Liberia.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

408 Public Admin. - Local Government Administration
Co-requisite: PADM 402

Study of the structure of local government, its personnel system, functions and central government control through the Ministry of Local Government, .Rural Development, and Urban Reconstruction.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

410 Public Admin. - Comparative Public Administration II
Pre-requisite: PADM 401

In this course a comparison is made between the administrative systems of Developing and Western Nations, the impact of culture and selected problems of public administration.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

412 Public Admin.-Senior Seminar
Pre-requisite: PADM 307 and Senior Standing

Identification, discussion and analysis of major administrative problems in such areas of the discipline as The Policy Process, Reorganization of Bureaucracy, The Public Debt and Socio-Economic Development, Crime and Public Personnel Procedures.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

499 Public Admin. - Directed Readings
Pre-requisite: as designated by the Chairman and approved by the Dean.

Study in lieu of or in addition to required courses in the public administration program for qualified students with individual interests or curriculum problems.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

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