Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

BIS Concentrations in Public Administration, Public Policy, & Nonprofit Management

Students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program may pursue a concentration in one or more of the following areas: Public Administration, Public Policy, and Nonprofit Management.

The BIS is offered on-campus or online.  Both programs provide for a well-rounded education, with the ability to specialize in several areas of concentration.  Students earning a BIS degree from Georgia Southern are well prepared for a variety of careers and graduate programs, including the Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies’ nationally accredited Master of Public Administration program.

Concentration Requirements

The Public Administration Concentration is designed for students interested in the study and practice of public and nonprofit management.  The concentration is comprised of courses focusing on issues related to the delivery and management of public programs, public policy analysis, leadership and innovation management, budgeting and financial management, administrative law, and civic engagement and responsibility.

Required Course

PBAD 2231 – Introduction to Public Administration (3)

Complete 15-credit hours from the following courses:

PBAD 3331 – Applied Public Management (3)
PBAD 3334 – Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Financial Management (3)
PBAD 3431 – Public Budgeting (3)
PBAD 3631 – Introduction to Nonprofit Management (3)
PBAD 3731 – Public Policy (3)
PBAD 4231 – Administrative Law (3)
PBAD 4232 – Public Service Values and Ethics (3)
PBAD 4233 – Human Capital Management for Administrators (3)
PBAD 4234 – IT and E-Government for Public Managers (3)
PBAD 4235 – Research Methods and Evaluation (3)
PBAD 4331 – Leadership and Managerial Innovation (3)
PBAD 4431 – Special Topics in Public Administration (3)
PBAD 4791 – Field Internship in Public Administration (3)

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The Public Policy Concentration is for students interested in developing the skills and knowledge needed to respond to policy issues.  The concentration provides students with an understanding of the fundamental elements involved in the public policy process and the analytical skills necessary to make informed judgments about policy-making, policy implementation, and substantive policy outcomes.

Required Courses

PBAD 2231 – Introduction to Public Administration (3)
PBAD 3731 – Public Policy (3)

Complete 12-credit hours from the following courses:

PBAD 3333 – The Policy Process and Democracy (3)
PBAD 3732 – Policy Analysis (3)
PBAD 3733 – Contemporary Policy Issues (3)
PBAD 4235 – Research Methods and Evaluation (3)
PBAD 4334 – Policy and Markets (3)
PBAD 4431 – Special Topics in Public Administration (3)
PBAD 4791 – Field Internship in Public Administration (3)

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The Nonprofit Management Concentration is for students interested in developing the skills and knowledge needed to identify and examine organizational theories and behavior as they apply in nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations including issues of work design and implications of operational policies and practices.

Required Courses

PBAD 2231 – Introduction to Public Administration (3)
PBAD 3631 – Introduction to Nonprofit Management (3)

Complete 12-credit hours from the following courses:

PBAD 3334 – Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Financial Management (3)
PBAD 3632 – Social Entrepreneurship, Enterprise, and Innovation (3)
PBAD 3633 – International Non-governmental Organizations (3)
PBAD 4232 – Public Service Values and Ethics (3)
PBAD 4331 – Leadership and Managerial Innovation (3)
PBAD 4332 – Resource Development and Management for Nonprofits (3)
PBAD 4333 – Strategic Management for Nonprofits (3)
PBAD 4431 – Special Topics in Public Administration (3)
PBAD 4791 – Field Internship in Public Administration (3)

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Last updated: 10/29/2019

Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies • P.O. Box 8048 • Statesboro, Georgia • 912-478-1400

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