Public Affairs & Administration, Minor

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 15

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 9

Program Code: N805

  • The requirements for a minor must be completed concurrently with the major degree requirements.
  • No minor may be added by completing courses after receiving the bachelor’s degree.

At least six (6) credit hours must be earned in courses acceptable for residence credit by standards set forth by the Dodge College of Arts and Sciences, excluding transfer, correspondence, and examination (AP, CLEP, Advanced Standing) credit. Courses for the minor may not be taken Pass/ No Pass.

No single course may be used by a student to satisfy a major requirement and a minor requirement. A course may be used, however, to satisfy both a major support requirement and a minor requirement. 

Students must successfully complete at least 15 hours of courses acceptable for major credit in Public Affairs and Administration, including at least nine (9) hours at the upper-division level. Note that introductory courses are not counted toward this total. Up to three (3) hours of other Political Science courses may be substituted with the permission of the Department of Political Science.

Requests to substitute a minor requirement must be approved in writing by the Department of Political Science.

Required Courses

Each of the courses to be offered to students minoring in Public Affairs and Administration is part of the curriculum of the bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and Administration. As courses are added to the bachelor’s curriculum, they will also be available to students taking the minor. Only three (3) courses from outside of the department are included. One of these courses is NPNG 2033; the other two (2) courses are offered by Economics. They have been included in the curriculum of the minor in Public Affairs and Administration because they emphasize public sector activities which are not covered in any political science courses.

Choose 15 hours acceptable for major credit in Public Affairs and Administration, including at least nine (9) hours at the upper-division level, from the following:15
Introduction to Nonprofits
Governmental Relations to Business
Public Finance: Issues and Taxation
Gender, Power and Leadership in Politics and Public Administration
Bureaucracy and Citizenship
Social Statistics
Social Statistics
Politics and Public Administration
Problems in Public Administration
Politics of Government Budgeting
Nonprofits and Public Policy
Topics in Public Policy
Environmental Policy and Administration
Urban Government and Politics
State Government
Government Internship 1
Honors Reading 1
Honors Seminar 1
Honors Research 1
Independent Study 1
Capitol Scholars: A Service Learning Course 1
Public Policy Implementation
Policy/Program Evaluation
The Profession of Public Management
P SC 4213
Problems in Public Policy
Independent Study 1

A maximum of three (3) hours from P SC 3910, P SC 3960, P SC 3970, P SC 3980, P SC 3990, P SC 4033, or P SC 4990 may apply. Course content must be Public Affairs and Administration related. 

  • Minors in the Dodge College of Arts & Sciences are available to all undergraduate students at OU. If the minor is officially declared, successfully completed, and noted on the graduation application, the student’s transcript will so indicate at the time the bachelor’s degree is posted.