Public Administration BIS Concentration

Public Administration

What Is
Public Administration?

The Concentration in Public Administration and Public Management will prepare you for a career in government or nonprofit organizations. Identify policies and programs for welfare reform, public safety, and natural resource preservation. Help to engage citizens and strengthen communities. Analyze critical issues in government and lead change in public policy. Examine the role, values, and issues of public management in the context of democracy, citizen participation, power structures, and professional codes of conduct. Learn how to lead teams, assess leadership effectiveness, use power and influence, lead organizational change, manage conflict, and lead with integrity. For a complete list of courses and course descriptions, please view the Concentration Checklist for Public Administration and Public Management.

• Concentration Checklist for Public Administration and Public Management (Word document)
Advisor: Chris Hiryak,, (480) 965-1037

Choosing your concentration area

This may be a tough decision as you begin thinking about all of the interdisciplinary concentration areas available through ASU. You may choose anything from Plant Biology to Recreation or from Public Administration to East Asian studies. With so many options, how do you choose?

Think about what you really want to do with this degree and what kind of job or career you want. Are you considering graduate school or a post-baccalaureate certificate? Talk to other people who have chosen the concentration area that you are considering. Remember, the degree does not necessarily get you the job. It is usually a combination of your education and experience, coupled with the specific skills that you can bring to the organization. Employers hire people, not degrees. Ask yourself what is going to differentiate you from the thousands of other recent college graduates? This is what you need to discuss with your advisor, teacher, internship supervisor, or a recent graduate from ASU.

What about graduate school?

Have you thought about attending graduate school after completion of your BIS degree? Did you know that you could earn a Master’s degree in 2 years or less?

Find out more about graduate degrees available through the College of Public Programs at ASU.

What about transfer students from another university or local community college?

Choosing ASU for completion of your Bachelor degree is a great decision, and making the decision to pursue the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Degree Program is a great decision too. Perhaps a traditional degree program did not meet your specific interests. Or that you had two specific areas of interest that cannot be satisfied with another degree program. For whatever reason, you are now interested in pursuing a BIS concentration area from the College of Public Programs. The College of Public Programs offers BIS concentrations in five areas, including Social Welfare, Public Administration, Recreation, Tourism, and Nonprofit Leadership.

Your BIS advisor can help you figure out what classes are needed to complete your BIS degree. If you have questions about one of the contrations offered through the College of Public Programs, please contact the appropriate Concentration Advisor.


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