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2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin

Reubin O' D. Askew School of

Public Administration and Policy

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

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Director: Keon-Hyung Lee; Professors: Berry, Bowman, Brower, Feiock, Klay, Lee, Reid, Vanlandingham, Yang; Assistant Professors: Berlan, Fay, Tang; Visiting Professors and Adjunct Faculty: Banner, Campos, Dilling, Ferreros, Gleason, Grant, Heffron-Casserleigh, Lavin, Long, Merrick, Otte, Sample, N. Smith, Stansbury; Professors Emeriti: Chackerian, deHaven-Smith, Grizzle, Sherwood

The Reubin O'D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy is one of the most highly ranked schools of its type in the nation. The school does not offer a major to undergraduate students, but it does offer a minor as well as a concentration in the interdisciplinary program in social science (ISS). The school also offers a five-year bachelor's/professional master's degree program. Qualified undergraduate students in any major may begin graduate studies in the professional Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and apply those credits toward their bachelor's degree as well.

Combined BA or BS and Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree Program

Qualified students in any undergraduate major may use up to twelve hours of free electives to take graduate courses in public administration that will count for completion of both the bachelor's degree and the professional MPA degree. Completion of graduate courses through the combined program will also count for completion of an undergraduate minor in public administration. Qualified undergraduates who take public administration courses to satisfy major requirements in the bachelor's degree programs in either political science or interdisciplinary social science may take up to twelve hours of graduate credit that will be counted for completion of both their bachelor's degree major and the MPA degree. In addition, undergraduate students who take the PAD 3941, Public Service Internship course may waive the graduate internship course requirement. Normally, for inexperienced students, completion of the MPA degree requires completion of forty-five graduate credit hours following receipt of a bachelor's degree. Students in the combined degree program who complete twelve graduate credits and an undergraduate internship prior to receipt of their bachelor's degree will only need to complete thirty additional graduate credits to receive the MPA degree. For more information, refer to the Graduate Bulletin and the Askew School's Web site at

Acceptance to this pre-graduate program is competitive. Applications will only be considered from undergraduates who are entering their senior year, or who are honor students with junior status, and who have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.2 in all prior studies at FSU. Application forms are to be submitted to the school's academic program coordinator. Accepted undergraduates may then enroll for up to twelve hours in courses that are either core or elective courses in the MPA program. Students accepted to the pre-graduate program should subsequently make formal application for admission to the graduate school during their senior year.

Requirements for a Minor and Undergraduate Certificates in Public Administration

A minor in public administration is available to students in all majors except political science, where undergraduate courses in public administration are applied directly to the political science major. For other students, the minor in public administration consists of four courses, totaling twelve semester hours passed with a grade of "C" or better. One of the following Department of Political Science courses may be substituted: state politics, urban politics, Florida government and the American presidency. Courses should be approved by the school in consultation with the student.

Topics in regularly scheduled undergraduate classes include:

  • Administrative law
  • American public service
  • Budgets and finances in managing public affairs
  • Civic and non-profit management
  • Local government administration
  • Emergency management
  • Public administration in American society
  • Selected topics in public administration

The school, upon application from the student, recognizes successful completion of requirements for the undergraduate minor with an undergraduate Certificate in Public Administration. If approved by the school, some transfer credits may be accepted. The certificate credential is not intended as a diploma or degree. It is recommended that the student check with the school to be sure courses taken will apply to the certificate.

The school offers an undergraduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Courses in emergency management are foundational courses for careers in emergency management and are useful for students entering careers in the management of business, government, and non-profit organizations.

Both degree-seeking and non-degree students are eligible for the undergraduate certificates. Please contact the school for further details.

Graduate Programs

Graduate study provides professional preparation for careers in government, higher education, private consulting, and in non-profit organizations, and can be pursued in several ways. The school offers two graduate degree programs: the fully-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in public administration. The MPA program prepares students for professional management and policy roles in a variety of public sector, nonprofit, and international/NGO environments. The doctorate is a research degree designed to prepare students for college and university teaching, advanced research, and advanced administrative practice.

The school also offers dual degrees with the College of Law (MPA/JD), the College of Social Work (MPA/MSW), the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice (MPA/MS), and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (MPA/MSP). Consult the Graduate Bulletin for details of the programs and courses offered.

Public administration courses often serve well as an area of specialization within other degree programs. The study of public administration builds career competencies, enhancing the student's career mobility, flexibility, and opportunities.

Additional information (such as handbooks and syllabi) is available on the Askew School's Web site at

Definition of Prefixes

PAD—Public Administration

POS—Political Science

Undergraduate Courses

PAD 3003. Public Administration in American Society (3). This introductory course in public administration studies the management of large-scale government bureaucracies including organization, career systems, and financing. It also focuses on the role of bureaucracies in modern society in the formulation and implementation of public policy.

PAD 3013. Futures Studies (3). This course applies futures studies perspectives and methods to the study of societal trends and conditions. Emphasis is on the development of anticipatory public policy.

PAD 3931r. Selected Topics in Public Administration (1–6). Topics may vary. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

PAD 3941r. Public Service Internship (3–6). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: PAD 3003 or equivalent. This course consists of participant observation of the administration of policy in public service organizations. Internship with faculty supervision, on-campus seminars, discussion papers. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

PAD 4072. Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (3). Prerequisite: PAD 4075. This course educates students on the applications of UAS in emergency management and other aspects of public management. The course includes flight time with a variety of multi-rotor UAS and provides in-depth discussion and experiences with this technology. Topics include data processing and analysis, crew resource management, and planning of flight operations. This class is offered as a 'weekend intensive'; class meetings happen on three designated weekends throughout the semester.

PAD 4074. Professional Pathways in Emergency Management (1). Prerequisite: PAD 4391. This course explores best practices and theories regarding emotional intelligence, communication, behavior and ethics in professional emergency management. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a professional emergency management setting.

PAD 4075. Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Emergency Management (3). This course is designed to give students an overview of what UAS can do to support the phases of emergency management (response, recovery, planning, preparedness, and mitigation). The course includes the core concepts and theory behind UAS use, and exposure to regulations, guiding policies, limitations and exclusions.

PAD 4084. International Terrorism Policy (3). Pre- or corequisite: PAD 4374. This course examines international relationships between terrorists and governments in the context of global relations, politics, policy and finance. Terrorism is examined as a global phenomenon in order to understand how new policies are being developed to combat the threat it poses.

PAD 4120. Managing Florida's Government and its Key Policy Issues (3). Prerequisite: Instructor permission required. This course provides students with a basic understanding of the history, organization, and management of government in Florida and key issues facing the state. The course first focuses on the history and structure of Florida government and how it has shaped the Sunshine State. The course next addresses critical issues facing Florida, including public finances, economic development, growth management, criminal justice, environmental protection, and education and social welfare.

PAD 4144. Managing the Nonprofit Organization (3). This course provides an introduction to the central theories of non-profit enterprise, and the implications of various management practices for nonprofit organizations. The course also introduces students to the major aspects of nonprofits and voluntary organizations that distinguish them from public and private organizations – i.e. mission/vision; legal definitions/IRS rulings; voluntary governance structures and a social change agenda.

PAD 4170. Nongovernmental Organizations in Development (3). This survey course is about international development NGOs. The course presents contemporary perspectives about NGOs, describes how NGOs operate, and introduces the challenges that their managers face and potential solutions for them.

PAD 4203r. Financial Management for the Nonprofit Organization (3). This is an introductory online course in nonprofit financial management. Students learn the principles and tools to use in budgeting and accounting for not-for-profit organizations. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

PAD 4223. Budgets and Finances in Managing Public Affairs (3). This course focuses on concepts and practices in budgeting and financial processes such as planning, goal setting, and implementation.

PAD 4301. Disaster Management Planning for Urban Poor Communities (3). This course discusses the elements that intensify risk where informal and non-permanent settlement housing is prevalent. Government interventions, especially those involving urban planning and policy are studied and their repercussions to the social, economic and cultural networks of these communities analyzed.

PAD 4332. Strategic Leadership for Communities (3). This course will teach the principles and skills of strategically managing agencies and communities. Strategic planning, community visioning, and organizational assessments are covered. Managerial leadership roles and responsibilities in organizing community planning and change also are covered.

PAD 4372. Leadership and Communication in Emergency Management (3). This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts, theories, principles, and practices of public information and communication in a risk environment as well as effective leadership principles in an emergency management shared power context.

PAD 4374. Introduction to Terrorism: Preparedness and Response (3). This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts, theories, principles, and practices of terrorism and terrorist events.

PAD 4375r. Advanced Topics in Terrorism (3). Prerequisite: PAD 4374. This course reviews the contemporary evolution of terrorism and the current direction of global terrorism with regards to domestic policies and programs. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

PAD 4380. Disasters: From Shock to Recovery (3). This course utilizes multiple case studies to examine the complexity of disaster situations in the United States and internationally. The course covers a different disaster case study every week, focusing on event-specific conditions that created/contributed to the disaster, local preparedness, response and recovery in the aftermath of the event.

PAD 4382. Disaster Recovery and Mitigation (3). This course is designed to provide an overview of recovery and mitigation activities in the post-disaster environment. Focusing on the "Recovery Phase" initially, course materials examine the policy and planning mechanisms involved in short and long term rehabilitation of distressed communities. A similar examination from the "Mitigation Phase" is also made.

PAD 4391. Foundations in Emergency Management (3). This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts, theories, principles, and practices of emergency management.

PAD 4393r. Emergency Management Programs, Planning, and Policy (3). This course examines functional demands that emergency managers should be aware of in crafting emergency management programs. Students investigate how public policy choices impact emergency planning and the consequences of a disaster event. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.

PAD 4395. Disaster Systems (3). Prerequisite: PAD 4391. This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts, theories, principles, and practices of the role of Incident Command (ICS) as an organizational structure, Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) in coordinating response and recovery to crises, and information and knowledge management systems that support disaster management.

PAD 4414. American Public Service (3). This course studies the structure and political role of the civil service, evolution of government employment, current personnel policies, rights and responsibilities of public servants, and labor management relations. The impact of the public service on American society is explored.

PAD 4456. Quality Management Systems (3). This course addresses the theory, design, and implementation of quality management systems in public organizations compared to that in other sectors of the economy. Examines the need for and origins of quality management philosophies, techniques, transition strategies, case studies, and future scenarios.

PAD 4596. The Spy Lit Review: Intelligence in Narration (3). This course explores the Intelligence Community policy and operations through literature and film. Students examine both contemporary and classic novels and films through narration features.

PAD 4603. Administrative Law (3). This course studies the constitutions, statutes, executive orders, and procedures that control the administrative authorities of government. (Also offered by the Department of Political Science.)

PAD 4606. American Legal Systems (3). This course is an overview of American legal systems. Topics include the interrelationships between law and social sciences, the nature of legal systems, how to read and analyze a court case, interpret statutes, and analysis of important legal controversies.

PAD 4712. Information Resource and Communication Management (3). This course in communications, information resource management, and information technologies is aimed at administrators in the public and not-for-profit sectors. It deals with the basics of information technologies, organizational and other communications or information exchange networks; the interaction of government and non-profits with clients, citizens, other agencies or institutions; and the virtual state.

PAD 4803. Local Government Administration (3). This course introduces students to administrative problems and processes in municipal, county, and special district governments.

PAD 4831. International Conflicts and Terrorism (3). This course introduces students to historical and ongoing conflicts around the world. Students understand how these conflicts have created terrorism and various tools to end both the conflict and the resulting terrorism. Students examine the drivers of conflict such as relative deprivation, dehumanization, and various politics. Students also understand how conflict resolution tools such as Peacekeepers, political revolution/evolution, autonomy/sovereignty, and violence can bring peace and end terrorism.

PAD 4833. International and Comparative Disaster Management (3). This course discusses practical and theoretical issues associated with international disaster management. Risk, hazards, and disasters are addressed from a global perspective with particular emphasis placed on the differences in key issues between developing and developed countries.

PAD 4841. Intelligence Analysis and Communication (3). This course explores the variety of intelligence analysis tools and techniques common to U.S. federal, state, and local agencies, using simulations and activities to understand how raw information is transformed and presented as intelligence. Emphasis is placed on OSINT analysis, but other-source intelligence is included based upon industry needs. Additionally, plain language writing and intelligence presentations is included in learning materials.

PAD 4843. U.S. Intelligence Community (3). This course familiarizes students with the U.S. Intelligence community, the processes and platforms for information/data gathering and analysis, and how the subsequent "intelligence" is used by policy/decision-makers. Throughout the course, students are given opportunities to gather, analyze, and report their findings to case-studies and then compare their conclusions to real-world outcomes. Students gain a broad knowledge of U.S. Intelligence operations and the social, economic, military, and covert actions resulting from Intelligence recommendations.

PAD 4844. Public Health and Emergency Management (3). This course is designed to provide an overview of international public health events that have either evolved into disasters, or are born of disasters. In addition, this course looks at preventing and preparing for public health disasters. A variety of threats and case studies are reviewed with an evaluation of future threats. Additionally, epidemiology and the discovery and reporting of events are reviewed.

PAD 4890. Homeland Security: Policy and Practice (3). This course is designed to introduce students to the concept and application of homeland security policies and their influence on U.S. domestic policy.

PAD 4891. Non-Profits, NGO's and Disaster (3). This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts, theories, principles, and practices in emergency management relationships with NGO's and non-profit organizations.

PAD 4897. Global Security and Fusion (3). This course examines how the nations of the world unite for a common cause, outlining geo-political and strategic relationships that serve to streamline and facilitate such relationships, the critical importance of U.S. security and intelligence cooperation with our partners and allies, and how our military supports our civilian authorities in a variety of ways toward this end.

PAD 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

PAD 4936r. Special Topics in Public Administration (3). This course explores best practices and theories regarding emotional intelligence, communication, behavior and ethics in professional Emergency Management. At the conclusion of this course, students have the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a professional emergency management setting. May be repeated to a maximum of nine semester hours.

POS 4413. The American Presidency (3). This course focuses on the roles of the American president, especially their relationship to government administration. (Also offered by the Department of Political Science.)

Graduate Courses

PAD 5035. Policy Development and Administration (3).

PAD 5041. Public Service Ethics (3).

PAD 5050. The Profession of Public Administration (3).

PAD 5076. Professional Pathways in Emergency Management (1).

PAD 5078. Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (3).

PAD 5079. Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Emergency Management (3).

PAD 5106. Public Organizations (3).

PAD 5121. Managing Florida Government and Key Policy Issues (3).

PAD 5142. Managing the Nonprofit Organization (3).

PAD 5173. Nongovernmental Organization (3).

PAD 5174. The Independent Sector (3).

PAD 5206. Fundraising and Fund Development (3).

PAD 5208. Budget and Finance in Nonprofit Organizations (3).

PAD 5227. Managing Public Financial Resources (3).

PAD 5275. Political Economy of Public Administration (3).

PAD 5327. Public Program Evaluation (3).

PAD 5335. Strategic Leadership for Communities (3).

PAD 5373. Leadership and Communication in Emergency Management (3).

PAD 5376. Introduction to Terrorism: Preparedness and Response (3).

PAD 5377r. Advanced Topics in Terrorism (3).

PAD 5378. Disaster Systems (3).

PAD 5388. Disaster Recovery and Mitigation (3).

PAD 5389. Disasters: From Shock to Recovery (3).

PAD 5397. Fundamentals of Emergency Management (3).

PAD 5398. Emergency Management Programs, Planning, and Policy (3).

PAD 5417. Human Resource Management (3).

PAD 5419. Issues in Human Resource Management (3).

PAD 5427. Public Labor Relations (3).

PAD 5457. Quality Management Systems (3).

PAD 5599. The Spy Lit Review: Intelligence in Narration (3).

PAD 5605. Administrative Law (3).

PAD 5700. Research Design in Public Administration (3).

PAD 5700L. Research Design Laboratory (0). (S/U grade only.)

PAD 5701. Quantitative Analysis in Public Administration (3).

PAD 5701L. Quantitative Analysis in Public Administration Laboratory (0). (S/U grade only.)

PAD 5710. Information Resource and Communication Management (3).

PAD 5826. Intergovernmental Management and Relations (3).

PAD 5828. The Third Sector: Non-Profits, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Disaster (3).

PAD 5835. International and Comparative Disaster Management (3).

PAD 5836. International and Comparative Administration (3).

PAD 5837. International Terrorism Policy (3).

PAD 5839. International Conflicts and Terrorism (3).

PAD 5845. Public Health and Emergency Management (3).

PAD 5846r. Health Policy and Public Administration (3).

PAD 5848. U.S. Intelligence Community (3).

PAD 5859. Managing Public Procurement (3).

PAD 5895. Homeland Security; Policy and Practice (3).

PAD 5896. U.S. Intelligence Analysis and Communication (3).

PAD 5898. Global Security and Fusion (3).

PAD 5907r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). (S/U grade only.)

PAD 5935r. Seminar in Public Administration: Selected Topics (1–3).

PAD 5946. Public Service Internship (3). (S/U grade only.)

PAD 5948r. Supervised Teaching (1–5). (S/U grade only.)

PAD 6025. Theoretical Perspectives in Public Policy (3).

PAD 6054. Intellectual History and Future of Public Administration (3).

PAD 6102. Administrative Behavior in Public Organizations (3).

PAD 6103. Cultural Analysis and Organizations (3).

PAD 6107. Seminar: Public Organizational Development (3).

PAD 6108. Institutions, Policy, and Management (3).

PAD 6109. Institutions and Society (3).

PAD 6115. The Executive (3).

PAD 6136. Seminar: Management Studies in Government (3).

PAD 6207. Financial Resources Administration (3).

PAD 6226. Public Budgeting Simulation and Issues (3).

PAD 6300. Governmental Administration in Florida (3).

PAD 6418. Seminar: Human Resource Management (3).

PAD 6705. Analytic Techniques for Public Administrators (3).

PAD 6707. Logics of Inquiry (3).

PAD 6721. Policy Analysis Research Seminar (3).

PAD 6908. Action Report (3).

PAD 6915r. Supervised Research (1–5). (S/U grade only.)

PAD 6930r. Professional Topics in Public Administration (0). (S/U grade only).

For listings relating to graduate coursework for thesis, dissertation, and master's and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.


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