Program: B.A., Public Sector Management
The B.A. degree program in Public Sector Management (PSM) is designed for students who want to gain an understanding of the policy and management issues of government and nonprofit organizations and their impact on the communities they serve. Students, while being exposed to the political context in which public sector decisions are made, will be given the tools to analyze, develop and implement governmental structures and processes; formulate and effectively present policy and administrative decisions; and understand how to work within the boundaries of available human, fiscal and technological resources. In addition, students will acquire the communication and management skills necessary for success in any career endeavor.
The Multidisciplinary Curriculum
The program is multidisciplinary and draws on a wide array of scholarly resources that are most relevant to the changing need of public sector management in order to offer students the opportunity to develop a comprehensive set of competencies required for success in the public and not-for-profit arenas. The Department of Political Science in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; the Department of Communication Studies in the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication; and the Department of Management in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics offer all core courses in the program. Courses from the Department of Management are not available in the online program. In addition, the Departments of Sociology and Urban Studies and Planning, both in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, offer elective courses, as do the Departments of Political Science and Communication Studies.
Admission to the Program
To be admitted to the program, students must have completed 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) with a 2.0 GPA or better; be in good standing at the last college or university attended in a regular session; and have completed the CSU General Education Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning courses with a grade of “C-” or better in each course. The academic lead for the Public Sector Management program will evaluate and approve students prior to formal admission to the program.
The PSM program is composed of 20 upper division undergraduate courses (60 semester credit hours) offered in a predetermined sequence in cohort format. To earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Sector Management, a student must be formally admitted to one of the program’s cohorts and complete all the coursework specified below. Assignments within courses are designed to focus on issues pertinent to public sector management and build upon one another as the students progress through the program. Some courses from the Department of Management are not available in the online program. A general sequence of courses is presented below.
1. Required Courses and Electives (60 units)
COMS 309 Advanced Public Speaking (3)
COMS 323 Group Communication (3)
COMS 354 Communication and Technology (3)
COMS 356 Intercultural Communication (3)*
or SOC 307 Ethnic Diversity in America (3)*
COMS 494/L Internship in Communication Studies and Lab (1/2)
MGT 360 Management and Organizational Behavior (3)
MGT 370 Management Skills Development (3)
MGT 454 Leadership, Power and Politics (3)**
MGT 460 Strategic Human Resources Management (3)**
POLS 360 Public Administration (3)
POLS 361 Introduction to Public Policy (3)
POLS 406 Analyzing Policy Problems (3)
POLS 407 Policy Implementation and Program Evaluation (3)
POLS 462 Ethics in Politics and Administration (3)
POLS 466 The Politics of Public Spending (3)
SBS 320 Social Science Research Methods (3)
Elective 1 To be determined; see below (3)
Elective 2 To be determined; see below (3)
Elective 3 To be determined; see below (3)
Elective 4 To be determined; see below (3)
*Courses that are also upper division GE.
**Courses from the Department of Management are not available in the online program.
For more information about requirements that must be completed outside of the PSM cohort schedule, such as the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement and the American Institutions requirement, please see Bachelor’s Degree Requirements.
How the Electives Work in the Cohort Context
Since the PSM program is offered in the cohort format, all members of a given cohort will take the same four electives. Issues relevant to each cohort will determine the choice of electives. Electives will be selected by the public sector agency that is partnering with CSUN to make the cohort available to its employees in collaboration with the PSM academic lead. In some instances, the PSM academic lead may determine cohort electives. Elective courses will articulate with the program’s core coursework and, together with the core coursework, help lay the foundation for the final course in the program—the internship.
Elective Course List
Possible clusters of electives that might be used for a given cohort based on professional focus are listed below.
Managing in Diverse State and Local Governments
COMS 321 Rhetorical Discourse (3)
SOC 305 Culture and Personality (3)
SOC 390 Race Relations (3)
SOC 440 Sociology of Aging (3)
Public Policy in Urban Context
POLS 380 Los Angeles: Past, Present, Future (3)
SOC 410 Urban Sociology (3)
URBS 310 Growth and Sustainable Development of Cities (3)
URBS 430 Planning in the Public Sector (3)
Influences, Externalities and Making Policy
POLS 403 State and Local Government (3)
POLS 404 Urban Politics (3)
POLS 441 Interest Groups (3)
POLS 443 Congress and the Legislative Process (3)
Work, Organizations and Human Resources
SOC 325 Sex Roles and Work (3)
SOC 340 Sociology of Work (3)
SOC 400 Organizational Theory (3)
Social Institutions and Social Change
SOC 350 Population Dynamics (3)
SOC 356 Social Welfare Institutions (3)
SOC 401 Class, Status and Power (3)
SOC 426 Social Legislation and Social Policy (3)
CJS 344 Corrections (3)
CJS 418 Gender and Crime (3)
POLS 464 Comparative Public Policy (3)
SOC 355 Criminology (3)
URBS 420 Communities, Neighborhoods and Planning (3)
2. General Education (48 units)
Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog. 6 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: SBS 320 satisfies B5 Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning; and COMS 356 or SOC 307 satisfies 3 units of upper division F Comparative Cultural Studies.
If taken, POLS 380, SOC 305 or URBS 310 meets 3 units of upper division D1 Social Sciences.
Total Units in the Major: 60
General Education Units: 48
Additional Units: 12
Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120
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Public Sector Management
Academic Lead: Lori Campbell
Program Coordinator: Julie Garcia