Public Administration Course Descriptions

Public Administration Program (Professional Studies)

Course Descriptions

Business Administration Core:

ACCT 2523 ELEMENTARY ACCOUNTING I  (3 hrs)

This course presents the basic principles of financial accounting. Emphasis is given to the preparation and use of income statements, balance sheets, and statements of funds flow for corporations. Also included in this course are the analysis and recording of financial transactions involving cash, inventories, fixed assets, bonds, and capital stock as well as closing, adjusting, and reversing entries for revenues and expenses. 

ACCT 2623 ELEMENTARY ACCOUNTING II (3 hrs)

This course is an introduction to managerial accounting. It includes analysis of cost behavior and the use of this knowledge for both short and long term decisions. This course also introduces the student to budgeting and the accumulation of product costs for planning and performance evaluation. Specific subjects covered include cost-volume-profit analysis, capital budgeting, allocations, variances from standard costs, and the measurement of divisional performance. Prerequisite: ACCT 2523. 

BUSN 2213 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (3 hrs)

This course provides a broad understanding of the business world and how it functions. It outlines the philosophy, objectives, and responsibilities of business in its relationship to its environment. The many aspects of business, such as management, organization, production, labor, accounting, data processing, marketing, finance, and ethics are covered.

BUSN 3323 BUSINESS LAW (3 hrs)

This course is a study of the general principles of law as they apply to the business world. This course includes the law of contracts, agencies, torts, bailments, and employer-employee relationships. Prerequisite: POLS 1523 and BUSN 2213 or permission of instructor.

BUSN 3503 BUSINESS COMMUNICATION (3 hrs)

This course is a study of business communication theory and techniques with emphasis on functional application of interpersonal skills, computer assisted presentations, oral presentations, letters, and reports. Prerequisite: COMM 1113 and BUSN 2213 or permission of Program Director.

ECON 2123 MACROECONOMICS (3 hrs)

This is an introductory course in economic principles as they relate to national income, economic growth and development, economic fluctuations, monetary policy, and fiscal policy. This course also includes material on foreign trade, international economics, and balance of payments. 

MGMT 3303 MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES  (3 hrs)

This course is a study of the eight aspects of managing organizations: planning, decision-making, organizing, staffing, communicating, motivating, leading, and controlling/evaluating with the presentation of principles for application to both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Prerequisite: Junior standing or BUSN 2213 or pass Business Proficiency Test.

Public Administration Courses:

MGMT 3403 MANAGING PEOPLE IN ORGANIZATIONS (3 hrs)

Organizational behavior is the composite of the values, behaviors, and attitudes of the organizational leadership, groups within the organization, and all individual behaviors. Emphasis is on groups and individuals, how they interact with each other and the larger organizational culture. Prerequisites: Junior standing and MGMT 3303 or permission of Program Director.

POLS 2223 AMERICAN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (3 hrs)

This course is a study of public administration at the national level addressing the three branches of government, how they are inter-related by the Constitution, and how they function today. The course will also address organizational theory, managing public programs, human resources, and intergovernmental relations as well as functions and challenges of the executive branch. Prerequisite: POLS 1523.

POLS 3213 STATE GOVERNMENT (3 hrs)

This course is a study of the functions and types of various state governments with emphasis on Oklahoma government. It will stress interagency relations, relations with local governments, and the impact of federalism on these governments, and address how political change affects these bodies. Prerequisite: POLS 1523.

POLS 3233 POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY (3 hrs)

This course is a study of the major thinkers and primary texts of the Western political tradition (from ancient to modern) including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Rousseau, Locke, Jefferson, and Madison, among others. Moreover, special emphasis will be given to the ways in which different political philosophies have shaped and influenced American government and civil society. Prerequisite: POLS 1523.

POLS 3313 U. S. CONGRESS (3 hrs)

This course is a study of the constitutional basis of the legislative branch and its responsibilities, functions and limitations. It will address congressional leadership and traditions, explain the system of checks and balances, and examine the impact of politics and media on Congress. Prerequisite: POLS 1523.

POLS 3333 U. S. PRESIDENCY (3 hrs)

This course is a study of the constitutional basis of the U.S. presidency, and its constitutional and traditional responsibilities. It will compare how various presidents have performed in the office and contrast their leadership or the lack thereof. It will illustrate the advantages and disadvantages the president has with the legislative and judicial branches. Prerequisite: POLS 1523.

POLS 4213 PUBLIC FINANCE ADMINISTRATIONS (3 hrs)

This course is a study of the legal and ethical practices of public finance as well as the allocation and planning of government funds. Issues will include investments of funds-on-hand, structuring of public debt, economic efficiency, and transparency. Prerequisite: ACCT 2523, ACCT 2623, POLS 2223.

POLS 4233 PUBLIC POLICY (3 hrs)

This course is a study of identifying, addressing and resolving public policy issues.  It will explain how policy is formulated and discuss the likely consequences. It will explain and describe the key players of national policy. Prerequisite: POLS 1523 and POLS 3313 or POLS 3333.

POLS 4313 INTRODUCTION TO ADMINISTRATIVE LAW (3 hrs)

This course is a study of the general laws and legal principles of implementing law in government agencies. Students will examine statues, regulations and case law affecting public policy at the national and state levels. Prerequisite: POLS 1523, POLS 2223.

POLS 4333 CASES IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (3 hrs)

This course is a study of various cases from the federal and state government levels. Students will receive a well-rounded idea of real world issues that public administrators deal with on a regular basis. Students will participate in a public administration simulation to experience problem solving in a government agency. Prerequisite:  POLS 1523, POLS 2223, and POLS 3313 or POLS 3333.

For more information:

Contact the Director of Professional Studies
Michelle Coffman
Phone - 405-912-9058
Email - mcoffman@ru.edu