Undergraduate Programs
Minor in Public Administration

Regulations effective March 1, 2010

The Public Administration minor is designed for students who are seeking managerial careers at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government, as well as within non-profit and quasi-governmental organizations. Students can select a mix of Arts and Applied Studies courses in such areas as political science, public policy, economics, public finance, budgeting, legal studies, human resources management, industrial relations, communications, health administration, and indigenous studies.

The role of public servants is becoming increasingly complex as the global economy becomes more integrated and the capacity of nation-states to act decisively is constrained by a multitude of factors. Public Administration professionals must possess strategic, analytic, and creative thinking skills. This minor prepares students to assume public sector managerial roles in the knowledge-based society; it provides them with exposure to administrative concepts, tools and practice, yet keeps them firmly grounded in the liberal arts education program.


Minor: 30 credits

  Required Courses: 24 credits  
GOVN 301 Governance, the Public Sector and Corporate Power (3)
GOVN 380 Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Governance (3)
GOVN 390*/POLI 392

Public Policy and Administrative Governance

GOVN/GLST/POLI 403 Public Policy in a Global Era  
GOVN 400 Governance and Leadership (3)
GOVN 405* Innovative Public Management (3)
GOVN/GLST/POLI 440 Global Governance and Law (3)
LGST 331* Administrative Law  
INST 426* Aboriginal Law and Government  
HADM 400* Health Care Law  
CMNS 308 Understanding Statistical Evidence (3)
MATH 215 Introduction to Statistics  
MATH 216 Computer-Oriented Approach to Statistics  
ADMN 232* Administrative Principles (3)
SOCI 300 Organizations and Society: How to Make Sense of Modern Organizational Life  
ORGB 326* Organizational Theory  
ORGB 364* Organizational Behaviour  
  Electives: (6 credits)  
GOVN All GOVN courses that are not required courses  
COMM 243* Interpersonal Communications in Management (3)
COMM 277* Group Communication  
CMNS 380 Corporate Communications  
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
POLI 309 Canadian Government and Politics (3)
POLI 311 Aboriginal Government and Politics (3)
POLI 325 Canadian Environmental Policy and Politics (3)
POLI 390 Canadian Federalism (3)
ECON/HADM 321 Health Care Economics (3)
ECON 401 The Changing Global Economy (3)
POEC 393 Canada and the Global Political Economy  
POEC/GLST 483 International Political Economy: The Politics of Globalization  
POLI 383 Canadian Political Economy in the Global Era  
ADMN 232* Administrative Principles (3)
SOCI 300 Organizations and Society: How to Make Sense of Modern Organizational Life  
ORGB 326* Organizational Theory  
ORGB 364* Organizational Behavior  
  (Note: These courses, ADMN 232, SOCI 300, ORGB 326, and ORGB 364) cannot be credited as an elective if used to fulfill a required course requirement.)  
PHIL 333** Professional Ethics (3)
HADM 336* Community Health Planning (3)
HADM 339* Organization of the Canadian Health Care System (3)
HADM 369* Health Policy in Canada (3)
IDRL* All IDRL courses (3)
HRMT* All HRMT courses (3)


  All courses above are designated Social Science, unless otherwise indicated by asterisks.  
Applied Studies courses. Note that students are only allowed to take 18 credits of Applied Studies towards and Arts degree.


  Language Proficiency:  
  Students in Public Administration who wish to pursue employment in the federal civil service or foreign affairs are strongly encouraged to take French as an option within their BA program. Students interested in North American integration should take Spanish. Students interested in European governance should consider taking German. Students interested in governance capacity building for First Nations communities should take Indigenous language courses.  

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