Public and Nonprofit Administration, B.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 33

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B806

Major Requirements

  • The Department of Political Science does not permit major coursework to also fulfill General Education or Dodge College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.
  • Thirty-three hours of major credit required.
Introductory Courses
P SC 2013Introduction to Political Analysis3
P SC 3173Administration & Society3
P SC 3223Making Public Policy3
Public Administration and Public Policy Core Courses
Choose 18 hours from the Public Administration & Public Policy Core course list18
American Political Institutions
Choose 3 hours from the following:3
Bureaucracy and Citizenship
U.S. Congress
The American Presidency
American Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Capstone
P SC 4203Capstone Seminar in Public Affairs and Administration 13
Total Credit Hours33

Public Administration and Public Policy Core Course List

P SC 3043Gender, Power and Leadership in Politics and Public Administration3
P SC 3113Bureaucracy and Citizenship3
P SC 3123Social Statistics3
or SOC 3123 Social Statistics
P SC 3133Politics and Public Administration3
P SC 3170Problems in Public Administration1-3
P SC 3183Politics of Government Budgeting3
P SC 3193Nonprofits and Public Policy3
P SC 3220Topics in Public Policy1-3
P SC 3233Environmental Policy and Administration3
P SC 3263Social Welfare3
P SC 3273Privatization3
P SC 3313Urban Government and Politics3
P SC 3323State Government3
P SC 3593Nongovernmental Organizations3
P SC 3761Event Planning1
P SC 3771Issue Advocacy1
P SC 3781Tracking Legislation1
P SC 3910Government Internship 12-3
P SC 3960Honors Reading 11-3
P SC 3970Honors Seminar1-3
P SC 3980Honors Research 11-3
P SC 3990Independent Study 11-3
P SC 4023Community Scholars3
P SC 4033Capitol Scholars: A Service Learning Course 13
P SC 4043Public Policy Implementation3
P SC 4143Policy/Program Evaluation3
P SC 4153Strategic Planning and Performance Assessment3
P SC 4193The Profession of Public Management3
P SC 4213Regulatory Policy3
P SC 4220Problems in Public Policy1-3
P SC 4243Grants and Contracts3
P SC 4990Independent Study 11-3
NPNG 2033Introduction to Nonprofits3
NPNG 3033Nonprofit Management3
NPNG 3910Nonprofit Internship 11-3
NPNG 4033Leadership & Planning3
NPNG 4203Fundraising and Philanthropy3
NPNG 4303Communications and Public Relations in Nonprofit Organizations3
NPNG 4503Program Evaluation for Nonprofits3

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/coursesCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Political Science academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and Public Affairs and Administration major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
Math (Core I) 3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
Western Culture (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore
First Semester
P SC 3173 Administration & Society 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
World Culture (Core IV) 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
P SC 2013 Introduction to Political Analysis 3
P SC 3223 Making Public Policy 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
Free Elective, lower-division 3
 Credit Hours14
Junior
First Semester
Public Administration Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Public Administration Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Intermediate Language 3
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
Public Administration Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Public Administration Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
American Political Institutions Major Elective, upper-division 1 3
Public Administration Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Public Administration Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 1
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
P SC 4203 Capstone Seminar in Public Affairs and Administration 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120