Pre-Public Administration - Associate in Arts

Program/CIP Code: AENG.AAS/10.0203 
Credits Required: 62
Division: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

The Associate in Arts Degree in Public Administration is designed to begin the preparation for careers in public service, non-governmental organizations, urban and community planning, and pastoral and philanthropic work. Students with the AAPA will be able to transfer to baccalaureate programs in public administration and related fields, especially to Washburn University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Students uninterested in transfer possibilities may utilize the AAPA as an effective introduction to, and preparation for, active and effective citizenship.

The AAPA program will emphasize administration, communication, law, planning, research, resource management, and range of public issues. The academic content of the courses will combine the theoretical with both experiential and practical dimensions. Learning and teaching will be interactive, intercultural, and inter-disciplinary.

The Associate in Arts Degree meets the Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation Agreement. A Student completing this program and transferring to a public university, therefore, “will be accepted as having satisfied the general education requirements of all Kansas public universities

College Requirement

Course Credit Hours
BLUE 0101 Freshman Seminar 1

All first time degree-seeking students are required to take BLUE-0101, Freshman Seminar.  See exemptions

General Education Requirements

Course Credit Hours
ENG 0101 Composition I* 3
ENG 0102 Composition II* 3
SPCH 0151
SPCH 0201
Public Speaking* or
Interpersonal Communication
MATH 0105
MATH 0115
College Algebra** or
HIST 0211 Contemporary Issues 3
PHIL 0206* Ethics* 3
Humanities Elective
(from Art, Literature, Music or Theater)
PSYC 0101
SOSC 0107
Psychology or
ECON 0201
ECON 0202
Principles of Macroeconomics or
Principles of Microeconomics
Natural and Physical Science Elective 5
Foreign Language Elective 5
Total General Education Requirements 37-39

Degree Specific Requirements

Course Credit Hours
BUSN 0101
BUSN 0280
Human Relations in Business or
Human Resource Management
POSC International Relations 3
POSC 0111 American Government 3
POSC 0112 State and Local Government 3
POSC 0201 Political Science Internship 3
POSC 0245 Introduction to Public Administration * 3
SOSC 0207 Urban Sociology* 3
SOSC 0209 Social Problems* 3
SOSC 0215 Introduction to Human Services 3
Total Degree Specific Requirements 27

Total Hours

Total hours to complete Degree 65-67

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