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Bachelor of Science in Public Policy & Administration

Registration for spring 2017 courses will start on 11/7/16. Check back here in late October for advising information.   

The program in public policy and administration provides students with a foundation for careers in the private non-profit and public sectors. The major requires core courses in public administration, public policy, political science and economics. Students may choose one of two concentrations. The public management track prepares students to manage public and private non-profit organizations. The public policy track focuses on how important public problems are addressed in our political system and provides the tools necessary for analyzing and evaluating policy solutions.

In addition, the public policy and administration major heightens students critical, analytical and communication skills through case studies and exercises. The dual capstone requirement of a case-based capstone seminar and an internship demands integration of knowledge from both general studies and major studies by focusing students on specific cases and workplace applications.

Students are encouraged to choose a complementary minor with a narrower, applied focus. The minors recommended for students consideration include criminal justice, environmental information systems, environmental management, environmental studies, family studies, gerontology, health information systems, nonprofit studies, political communication, substance abuse intervention, telecommunications, urban and regional studies, communication studies, conflict analysis and intervention, sociology, technical and scientific communication, economics, human resource development, computer science, public health, and integrated science and technology.

Course checklist for the 2016-2017 catalog version of the PPA major.

Interested students may apply to participate in the Fifth-Year Master of Public Administration degree program, which allows qualified students to earn an MPA degree with one additional year of study. Students should apply for this program in their sophomore year. See the JMU Graduate Catalog for more information.

For more information about the Bachelor in Public Policy and Administration, please contact Dr. Liliokanaio Peaslee,, 2190 Miller Hall, Ph: 568-5829.