Public Administration

Interdisciplinary Major or Minor
(Bachelor of Science)

Professors – Scott R. Furlong, John R. Stoll (chair)
Associate Professors – Ekaterina Levintova, Laurel E. Phoenix, Lora Warner
Assistant Professors – Dallas Blaney, David Helpap, Rachel Russell, Aaron Weinschenk, Elizabeth Wheat
Instructor – Karen Dalke

As a broad-based, interdisciplinary, social science major, Public Administration is designed to prepare students for challenging careers in public and nonprofit organizations, as well as for further study in graduate programs. Students develop proficiency in organizational management and leadership, public policy analysis, program evaluation, policy development and implementation, budgeting, and governmental processes.

Graduates hold positions as professional administrators, policy analysts, budget specialists, program managers, personnel counselors, governmental affairs directors for businesses, and human resource specialists. Many pursue graduate studies in public administration, law, political science, social services, public policy, and public affairs.

Because of the wide range of course offerings in Public Administration, some students choose to sharpen their managerial skills so they can pursue careers in management within public or non-profit organizations. Other students choose to focus on understanding substantive policy issues (e.g., education, environmental policy, public finance, social justice) and public policy design.

All Public Administration majors engage in both theoretical and applied studies. Many courses include theory as well as problem-focused, applied learning. Students are encouraged to gain these experiences through independent study, community research projects, and an internship program administered by the department. Public Administration majors have completed internships in city, county and state executive offices, as well as non-profit agencies.

The major in Public Administration consists of three sets of requirements: required supporting courses, upper-level core courses, and elective credits within the major. Majors are encouraged to emphasize public management and policy, nonprofit management, or emergency management. Students who want to focus their study specifically on the nonprofit sector should consider earning the free-standing Nonprofit Management Certificate. A number of courses in emergency management meet the elective requirements of the major and are offered in cooperation with campus Outreach and Adult Access programs; a certificate is available in this area as well. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from a faculty adviser in creating their academic plan.

Considering a Double Major or a Major and a Minor?
Many Public Administration students choose to complete double majors in Political Science, Environmental Policy and Planning, or Economics. A second major complements the Public Administration curriculum, and makes students stronger candidates when seeking careers or entry into graduate programs. Students interested in the arts may want to consider the Arts Management minor.

Not interested in a Public Administration major? Then an interdisciplinary minor in Public Administration fits well with majors in Political Science, Economics, Communication, Environmental Policy and Planning, Urban and Regional Studies, or Democracy and Justice Studies. See a faculty adviser early in your academic career for advice on these options.

Students may study abroad or at other campuses in the United States through UW-Green Bay’s participation in international exchange programs and the National Student Exchange program. Travel courses are another option for obtaining academic credits and completing requirements. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at (920) 465-2190 or see


Area of Emphasis

Students must complete requirements in one of the following areas of emphasis: