2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
    
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2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Managing in the Public Environment - BS in Political Science and Public Administration


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This concentration provides students with information about the context and methods of management in the public sector. The concentration is for students seeking management positions or graduate education in public policy and administration or who will work in nonprofit and for-profit organizations that interface with the public sector.

Learning Outcomes


At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the constitutional, legal, institutional, and political foundations of American government.
  2. Explain the historical development and contemporary context of public administration in the United States.
  3. Define ethical leadership and evaluate its importance in contemporary government and public administration.
  4. Explain the principal dimensions of major global issues and their relevance to choices made at the national, state, and local levels.
  5. Identify key debates over political principles that have endured over time and describe how these debates manifested in several contemporary political controversies.
  6. Explain how public policy is formulated and implemented.
  7. Describe how public sector organizations function with their political, social, and economic context.
  8. Demonstrate how the methods of political science, public administration, or social entrepreneurship can be used to solve problems and create positive social change.
  9. Develop solutions to challenges faced by managers in the public and nonprofit sectors.
  10. Describe the skills and leadership characteristics that are necessary in effectively managing public programs, processes, and personnel.

Degree Requirements


  • 181 total quarter credits
  • General education courses (46 cr.)
  • Core courses (35 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (25 cr.)
  • Elective courses (70 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Concentration Curriculum


Concentration Courses (25 cr.)


Students must also choose an upper-level course in addition to the four prescribed courses listed below.

Electives (70 cr.)


Choose 14 courses from general education, BS in Political Science and Public Administration, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least 20 credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet their elective requirements.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

Please note: RN-BSN courses are not available to students outside the RN-BSN program.