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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:

NMLI 2231  Introduction to Nonprofit Management (3)
PBAD 3331 
Applied Public Management (3)
PBAD 3334  Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Financial Management (3)
PBAD 3431  Public Budgeting (3)
PBAD 3731  Public Policy (3)
PBAD 4031  Selected Topics in Public and Nonprofit Management (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 4791  Field Internship in Public Administration (3)

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The Public Policy Concentration prepares students by 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 4031  Selected Topics in Public and Nonprofit Management (3)
PBAD 4235  Research Methods and Evaluation (3)
PBAD 4334  Policy and Markets (3)
PBAD 4791  Field Internship in Public Administration (3)


The Nonprofit Management Concentration prepares students by 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

NMLI 2231  Introduction to Nonprofit Management (3)
PBAD 2231  Introduction to Public Administration (3)

Complete 12-credit hours from the following courses:

PBAD 3334  Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Financial Management (3)
NMLI 3632  Social Entrepreneurship, Enterprise, and Innovation (3)
NMLI 3633  International Non-governmental Organizations (3)
PBAD 4031  Selected Topics in Public and Nonprofit Management (3)
PBAD 4232  Public Service Values and Ethics (3)
PBAD 4331  Leadership and Managerial Innovation (3)
NMLI 4332  Resource Development and Management for Nonprofits (3)
NMLI 4333  Strategic Management for Nonprofits (3)
PBAD 4791  Field Internship in Public Administration (3)

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Last updated: 3/17/2021