BA – Course Descriptions

40:834:200 Introduction to Public Administration (3) this introductory course is set within the context of contemporary, political, social, and economic realities. It examines the policies and processes of governmental, nonprofit, and institution based programs from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students are introduced to the field and profession of public administration. Students also develop a broad understanding of the public sector while learning to think and act as an ethical public administration professional.

  • Note: No pre-requisites
  • Recent Syllabus: Spring 2016-Instructor

40:834:201 Public Service as Responsible Citizenship (3) is about people living together in democratic communities and the particular role community service plays in support of those communities. Community service in a wide variety of settings has become a significant way in which we accomplish public goals. This course critically examines the community service approach to “public work” and seeks to understand how service might be more effective in improving community life. Students will learn basic strategies and tactics utilized by individuals, groups and organizations to maintain and improve the quality of life in their communities.

  • Note: No pre-requisites
  • Recent Syllabus: Spring 2016-Instructor

40:834:203 Introduction to Nonprofit Administration (3) Focuses on government and nonprofit organizations in the delivery of human services. This course will benefit students who are interested in the role of government and nonprofit organizations in citizen engagement, delivery of public services, and the interconnectedness of government and nonprofit sector. This introductory course will provide students with and understanding of the breadth and depth of the public and nonprofit sectors from an economic and social impact perspective.

  • Note: No pre-requisites
  • Recent Syllabus: Spring 2016-Instructor

40:834:301 Ethical Public Service (3) examines selected ethical problems and dilemmas facing public servants, including conflict of interest, confidentiality, deception, the appearance of impropriety, official disobedience, whistle-blowing, human rights, and the moral responsibilities of leaders and citizens.

  • Note: Course is Writing Intensive; Pre-requisites: English Composition 21:355:101 and 21:355:102
  • Recent Syllabus: Spring 2016-Instructor

40:834:302 The United States and Global Urban Experience (3) This course will introduce students to the cultural, social, political, economic, and environmental elements and complexities of urban communities from a domestic and international perspective. Students will examine topics such as poverty, healthcare, education, environmental sustainability, employment opportunities, transportation networks, gentrification, and current social challenges. Through the lens of public service, students will explore the interconnectedness of world efforts in provoking the social, economic, and human service needs of local communities from an international comparative course of study.

  • Note: English Composition 355:101 and 355:102 recommended
  • Recent Syllabus: Spring 2016-Instructor

40:834:304 Technology and Public Service (3) Government and private organizations are recognizing the benefits of data driven decision making. As such, all business and strategic operations of this era are deploying technologies to improve data integrity in order to better serve its constituency. The course introduces various technologies public organizations may use to collect, manage, and disseminate information used to inform and administer public services.

  • Note: Pre-requisite: Introduction to Public Administration 40:834:200
  • Recent Syllabus: Spring 2016-Instructor

40:834:306 Grant Writing for Organizations (3) Grant writing for public and nonprofit agencies: proposal writing, promotional and support materials, budget development, fundraising sources, and grants-management system.

  • Note: Course is Writing Intensive; Pre-requisites: English Composition 21:355:101, 21:355:102, and Intro to Public Administration 40:834:200
  • Recent Syllabus: Spring 2016-Instructor

40:834:330 Special Topics Course in Public and Nonprofit Administration (3) In-depth exploration of selected issues in public service of general relevance and specific interest to course participants.

40:834:331 Public and Nonprofit Administration Independent Study (BA) Supervised arrangement for readings, research, assignments, fieldwork, and/or internship as agreed upon by faculty instructor and academic dean. Credits awarded by arrangement.

  • Note: Pre-requisite: Permission of instructor and academic dean

40:834:402 The Arts and Culture of Public Service (3) Focus on the connection between arts and cultural program and community building, based on the perspective that arts and cultural programs can be a vehicle of community change and enhancement. This course will examine the role that arts and cultural programs played in community development and consider that arts and cultural programs a vital part of our public service commitment.

  • Note: Pre-requisite: Introduction to Public Administration 40:834:200

40:834:404 Philanthropy: Volunteerism, Fundraising, and Community Engagement (3) Examines the role of volunteers and philanthropy as vital to the success of nonprofit organizations. Different from the profit and public sector, the nonprofit sector is built upon the good deeds of volunteers and the private financial support of individuals. Students will have the opportunity to develop basic knowledge and skills in how nonprofits recruit, secure, and retain volunteers and financial contributions through a study of the art and science of this important work.

  • Note: Pre-requisite: Introduction to Public Administration 40:834:200
  • Recent Syllabus: Spring 2016-Instructor

40:834:406 Public Service Organizations (3) considers basic theories on organizational behavior and performance. The course focuses on characteristics of public and nonprofit organizational and how they differ from that of private/profit organizations. It looks at the limits to organizational growth and the internal and external processes that effect organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Note: Pre-requisite: Introduction to Public Administration 40:834:200
  • Recent Syllabus: Spring 2016-Instructor

40:834:408 Leadership for the Service Professions (3) Builds upon the skills and knowledge successful college graduates learn through their many years as students, including: collaboration, leadership, active citizenship, multicultural understanding, reflective thinking, critical analysis, and the ability to be a change agent in their community. This course provides students with an understanding of public service leadership skills and traits that will be necessary to master in order to be effective public and nonprofit service administrators.

  • Note: Pre-requisite: Introduction to Public Administration 40:834:200
  • Recent Syllabus: Spring 2016-Instructor

40:834:430 and 431 Service-learning Internship I (4) & II (4) is designed to provide students field experiences with community agencies to link academic work with meaningful community service that will benefit both the agency and the student. Agencies will benefit with the infusion of enthusiastic students to assist in the delivery of services to their clients and students will develop a deeper understanding of their role as leaders in their communities as well as increase their civic and citizenship skills. The director of the undergraduate major will work in conjunction with the Career Development Center of Rutgers University-Newark and other campus units to place students in a viable internship.

  • Note: Pre-requisite for this course is successful completion of three (3) core courses
  • Recent Syllabus: Spring 2016-Instructor
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