Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration

General Public Administration

Overview

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration with a concentration in General Public Administration learn to apply the principles of effective public sector management and identify and evaluate problems, policy dilemmas, and solutions in public administration. This program will also assist those who are already employed with the city, state, and federal government to advance their careers, and to more fully develop management, legal, behavioral and communication skills for more effective job performance.

Students will receive a solid foundation in public sector practices and processes complemented by coursework in the social sciences. All General Public Administration students will receive a fundamental understanding of, and appreciation for, public sector management practices and administrative procedures. The General Public Administration program is offered through in-class and distance learning instruction.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a concentration in general public administration from UH West O‘ahu should be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective communications skills
  • Demonstrate quantitative, technological and analytical skills necessary for problem solving
  • Identify International/global/local issues affecting public administration organizations
  • Apply the principles of effective public sector management
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical/legal responsibilities of organization and society

Internships / Practicums

General Public Administration students have interned at a variety of city, state and federal agencies and gained valuable experience in the field prior to graduation. Internships at the various agencies offer wonderful opportunities for gaining real-world experience and an increased understanding of the practice of public administration. Students have completed internships at:

State of Hawai‘i, Office of the Governor
Honolulu City Council
State of Hawai‘i, Senate and House of Representatives
City & County of Honolulu, Office of the Mayor
Institute for Human Services
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Careers and Earning Potential

Graduates in Public Administration will be prepared for careers in management and administration with the federal, state, county, and local levels of government, and in public service sectors such as healthcare and child welfare programs. Students may also choose to work in private non-profit organizations such as the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Goodwill Industries, and the Institute for Human Services. Many have also gone on to pursue graduate degrees in public administration, government and political science, administrative law, justice administration, environmental administration, program planning, public policy, and human resources.

Management careers in the public sector are the fastest growing among all professional occupations and are expected to increase in the next two to five years. Salaries for trained mid-level professionals in public administration can range between $60,000 and $90,000.

For more information on careers and earning potential, visit the Hawaiʻi Industry Sectors website.

Faculty Contact

Dr. Gary Helfand
Professor
(808) 689-2363
helfand@hawaii.edu

Dr. Ross Prizzia
Professor
(808) 689-2365
rprizzia@hawaii.edu