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Graduate (RAPP)


RAPP 610. Ideology and Policy Development in Appalachia. (3-0-3); every third semester.
Prerequisite: graduate status in biology or sociology or consent of instructor.
An examination of the Appalachian region with special emphasis on the interplay of historical, cultural, social, and political systems in “producing” Appalachia and Appalachian images. Specific attention is devoted to the following: the Appalachian Regional Commission, structural characteristics of Appalachia, industrial transformation of Appalachia, images of Appalachia, Appalachian histories and futures.

RAPP 620. Economic Development. (3-0-3); every third semester.
Prerequisite: graduate status in biology or sociology or consent of instructor.
Analysis of economic change and development processes and their consequences with emphasis upon regional rural areas. Special emphasis on the role of physical and cultural landscapes in shaping economic development.

RAPP 630. Graduate Seminar in Regional Issues. (3-0-3); every third semester.
Prerequisite: 18 hours of graduate course work or consent of instructor.
Exploring problems in contemporary regional analysis, including forum discussions of recent research, development of interdisciplinary solutions to social and environmental problems, and presentations of current research. Special emphasis on regional issues and regional policy.

RAPP 637. Environmental Policy and Management. (3-0-3); on demand.
Prerequisites: Admission into the MPA program or permission of instructor.
Contemporary issues in natural resource management and environmental policy, including air, water, and soil contamination, water management, and impacts of resource extraction. Special emphasis will be given to energy and resource issue in Appalachia.

RAPP 670. Directed Research. (3-0-3); I, II, III.
Prerequisite: 18 hours of MPA course work and consent of instructor.
Focused research under the direction of a graduate faculty member.


Graduate (PA)


PA 610. Public and Administrative Law. (3-0-3); I.
This course presents a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of public law, with special focus on American constitutional law and administrative law processes that are responsible for the formation and execution of public policy. Upon completion of this course students will be able to understand constitutional law and its relationship to public administration and the bureaucratic policy process more fully.

PA 620. Bureaucracy and Public Management. (3-0-3); II.
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of bureaucracy and public management, with special focus on bureaucratic policy, executive institutions and administrative agencies responsible for the formation and execution of public policy. Upon completion of this course students will be able to understand bureaucracy and its relationship to public administration, politics, and the policy process more fully.

PA 625. Public Budgeting and Finance. (3-0-3); II.
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of public economics and government finance, with special focus on public budgeting and administrative fiscal processes that are responsible for the formation and execution of public policy. Upon completion of this course students will be able to understand public budgeting and its relationship to public administration and the bureaucratic
policy process more fully.

PA 630. Politics of Public Policy. (3-0-3); I.
This course will allow students to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of public policy, with special focus on American institutions and political processes that are responsible for the formation and execution of public policy. Upon completion of this course students will be able to understand public policy and its relationship to public administration and the American political system more fully.

PA 640. Theoretical Foundations of Public Administration. (3-0-3); I.
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the core theoretical concepts and principles of public administration, with special focus on American government and the policy making processes of the intergovernmental system. Upon completion of this course students will be able to understand political theory and its relationship to public administration and the American political process and intergovernmental policy more fully.

PA 645. Seminar in Founding Fathers and American Thought. (3-0-3); on demand.
Prerequisite: Completion of 9 Hours of MPA core courses or permission of the instructor.
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the political thought of the founding fathers and the core theoretical concepts and principles of Western political theory that formed the American constitution. Upon completion of this course students will be able to understand the American founding fathers and American political thought and their relationship to public administration and the American political process and intergovernmental policy more fully.

PA 650. Federalism Theory and Constitutional Law. (3-0-3); on demand.
Prerequisite: Completion of 9 hours of MPA core courses or permission of the instructor.
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of federalism with special focus on American government and the constitutional theory of the founding fathers. Special focus also directed to the policy making processes of the intergovernmental system. Upon completion of this course students will be able to understand federalism and its relationship to the American political process, constitutional law and policy more fully.

PA655. Community Development. (3-0-3); on demand.
This course will allow students to gain a more comprehensive understanding of community development and the interdisciplinary literature related to public administration, with special focus on American government and the social, economic, and political processes of community building and the non-profit and public sector organizations that perform community development functions. Upon completion of this course students will be able to understand community development and its relationship to public administration and the American political process and intergovernmental policy more fully.

PA660. Intergovernmental Relations. (3-0-3); on demand.
Prerequisite: completion of 9 hours of MPA core courses or permission of instructor.
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of intergovernmental relations with special focus on US government and federalism. The intergovernmental system is examined in terms of American institutions at all levels of government and the complex web of public and private sector organizations that form the intergovernmental actors in the policy making process. Upon completion of this course students will be able to understand intergovernmental relations and their relationship to American political processes and policies more fully.

PA690. Public Administration Internship. (1-12-1); on demand.
Prerequisite:Completion of 21 hrs of course work in the MPA curriculum.
Practical experience in agency, organization, or field setting related to the student’s career and research interests. Student will work in settings over the full semester or summer and complete a research paper, organizational analysis, position or policy paper that integrates the intellectual world with the real world.

PA 699. Thesis. (6 hrs.); I, II, III.
Prerequisite: Consent of dean or chair of the student's graduate advisory committee.
Students will develop, execute, and defend an approved thesis project under the supervision of a faculty committee.

 
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