Minor in Public Administration

With an intentional focus on scholarship, faith integration, diversity, and internationalization, APU provides high-quality academic programs within a tight-knit community of disciples and scholars.

21 units

The public administration minor equips students with the knowledge necessary for careers in local, state, and federal government/politics and the nonprofit sector. Students in this program go beyond theory and gain valuable hands-on experience in public administration, including in the Public Administration Practicum course, which gives students the opportunity for internships in local, state, and federal government offices.

Benefits of Adding a Minor

A minor can help students complement their bachelor’s degree and stand out to future employers, expanding their employment opportunities while they study an additional area of interest. Complementary minors give students the opportunity to demonstrate added expertise in any field and possibly provide an edge in their job search, and add knowledge that can be used throughout an individual’s career. 

Certificates, Credentials and Microcredentials

Today, employers are looking for new hires with technical knowledge and leadership abilities such as decision making and teamwork. Students in this program have the opportunity to earn industry-valued certificates, credentials, and microcredential badges that can be added to résumés and uploaded to online portfolios, certifying and showcasing certain skills and abilities to potential employers.


BUSI 110Business and Entrepreneurship 13
PADM 350Theory and Practice of Public Administration3
PADM 375Program Implementation and Evaluation 23
PADM 399Public Administration Practicum 16
Select one of the following:3
Business Communications 3
Introduction to Information Systems and Business Applications
Data Analytics, Spreadsheets, and Data Visualization
Environmental Economics
Urban and Regional Economics 1
Select one of the following:3
American Government 1
Introduction to Politics
State and Local Government
Total Units21

Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.


Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.


Meets the General Education Oral Communication requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Articulate the origins, development, and practice of modern state and federal public administration, agencies and rule-making bodies.
  2. Describe the proper relationship between government agencies, elected government office holders, and citizens.
  3. Identify essential tools used by administrative agencies in designing rules and regulations.
  4. Describe, assess views of the obligations Christians in public service have to their fellow citizens.