Public Administration

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Effective, honest government is essential at all levels of society and in all nations. Public executives manage public agencies, develop and execute budgets, and create and analyze programs and policies. The decisions government administrators make can transform communities, states, and nations into better and more prosperous places to live. The issues dealt with are complex and challenging, requiring skills in analysis, organization, budgeting, finance, communications, leadership, and others.

Graduates with a concentration or minor in Public Administration are prepared to serve as career executives in local, state/provincial, and federal/national governments, as well as in non-governmental organizations (NGO), non-profit agencies, and consulting firms in the United States and internationally.

Below are the medium salaries for occupations requiring an degree in Public Administration

  • Assistant City Manager – $73,799
  • Executive Director – $70,189
  • Director, Non-profit Organization – $60,518

Degrees Awarded

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration


Major Requirements

The Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration major consists of 42-56 s.h. distributed as follows:

B.A. requirement: One foreign language through the 2020-level or demonstration of competence.

B.S. requirement: None

Required Core Courses

  • PSC 1510 American Government (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 2100 Research Methods in Political Science (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 2270 Comparative Politics (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3330 Public Administration (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3410 Congress and the Presidency (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3510 International Relations (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4600 Senior Seminar (3 s.h.)

Required Public Administration Courses

  • ACC 2510 Principles of Financial Accounting (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 2010 State and Local Government (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3450 Political Parties and Interest Groups (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4200 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4700 Internship (3 s.h.)

Interdisciplinary Electives

Select any 6 s.h. from the following:

  • ACL 3600 Intercultural Communication (3 s.h.)
  • ECO 2610 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 s.h.)
  • LAW 3700 Tort Law (3 s.h.)
  • LAW 3900 Administrative Law (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3000 Principles of Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • PHI 3200 Business Ethics (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4300 Campaign Seminar (3 s.h.)
  • WRI 3300 Grant Writing (3 s.h.)

Completion of the Area Concentration Achievement Test


Minor Requirements

The Public Administration minor consists of 18 s.h. distributed as follows:

  • ACC 2510 Principles of Financial Accounting (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 1510 American Government (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 2010 State and Local Government (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3330 Public Administration (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3450 Political Parties and Interest Groups (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 4200 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3 s.h.)

Contact the Political Science Program

Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.

Andrew Ziegler, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Political Science; Director, Tally Center for Leadership; Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership
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Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.
Andrew Ziegler, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Political Science; Director, Tally Center for Leadership; Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership

B.S., Florida State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Florida

Bio:

Andrew Ziegler joined the full-time faculty of Methodist University in 1998. He helped design the MU Leadership Program in which students can receive a Minor in Leadership Studies or Church Leadership. Recently, he helped develop the Leadership Fellows Program.

In April 2014, Dr. Ziegler received the MU Cleveland Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2017, he was named the Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership. His two favorite courses are LSS 3000 Principles of Leadership and PSC 4600 Political Science Senior Seminar.

Before coming to Methodist, Dr. Ziegler served as an Infantry officer in the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He was commissioned through ROTC at Florida State University.

His military awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

One of his favorite Army assignments was teaching Political Science at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  His advanced degrees are in Political Science from the University of Florida.

His publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals, a book chapter, and a co-edited book on comparative politics. He has also presented papers and served on panels at various academic conferences.

Currently, Dr. Ziegler serves on the board for Fayetteville’s Institute for Community Leadership and volunteers with the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Alliance. Previously, he served on the Executive Council of the North Carolina Political Science Association.

Dr. Ziegler enjoys traveling, jogging, and dancing, and he is President of the Cape Fear Ballroom Dancers.

He and his wife, Kalli, have been married for over 40 years, and they reside in Fayetteville, NC.  They have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.

Research Interest:

Leadership development

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