School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Public Affairs (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs is intended for individuals called upon to manage in the arenas of government, non-profits, or business. These generalist managers must synthesize many forms of knowledge derived from government, economics, sociology, and other fields, and must apply that knowledge creatively to meet the varied and multiple challenges of public administration. The ability to understand the substance of policy and program issues; the ability to grasp the administrative, political, and ethical implications imbedded in them; and the ability then to act upon the issues with effect, together define the worth of contemporary managers.

The Public Affairs program promotes acquisition of knowledge and skills essential to the tasks of identification, analysis, design implementation, supervision, evaluation, communication, and other key functions that are integral components of management careers in federal, state, and local governments; criminal justice; in social service, education, community development, arts and other nonprofit organizations; and in business firms.

Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs

Degree Requirements (120 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements 1: 42 hours

    A. Communication (6 hours)
    B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
    C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
    D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)
      3 hours Mathematics (at or above level of College Algebra, recommended: MATH 1306 or 1314)
      3 hours Quantitative Reasoning (SOCS 3405)2
    E. Science (9 hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)

    1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.

II. Major Requirements: 49 hours

    Major Preparatory Courses (3 hours)
    ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
    or ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
    Major Core Courses (28 hours)
    PA 3304 Research Methods in Public Administration
    PA 3310 Public Administration
    PA 3333 Human Resources Management
    PA 3377 Urban Planning and Policy2
    PA 4312 Organizations
    PA 4360 Ethics in Public Administration
    PSCI 3322 Constitutional Law
    PSCI 3328 International Relations
    SOCS 3405 Introduction to Social Statistics with Lab2
    Major Related Courses (24 hours)
    24 hours Major and Related electives3

    2 A Major requirement that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
    3 Most students take upper-division PA courses. However, subject to advisor approval, courses from other disciplines may be used to satisfy this requirement.

III. Elective Requirements: 29 hours

    Advanced Electives (6 hours)
    All students are required to take at least six hours of Advanced Electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites.
    Free Electives (23 hours)
    This requirement may be satisfied with lower- and upper-division courses from any field of study. Students must complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation.

Minor in Public Affairs (18 hours)

For a minor in Public Affairs, students must take PA/ PSCI 3310, PA 3333, PA 4312/SOC 4340; and any nine semester hours of upper-division classes with a PA prefix with the exception of PA 4V97, PA 4V98, and PA 4V99or from the following list of courses: ECON 4320, ECON 4330, ECON 3370, ECON 3385, ECON 4342, PSCI 3326.