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PA 605. Epistemology & Research Methodology.
(3-0-3); I.
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of research methods in public administration. The epistemological foundations of research, as well as both quantitative and qualitative methods are examined. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand research and methodologies in public administration and their relation-ship to U.S. political processes.

 

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 611. Jurisprudence.
(3-0-3); I.
Prerequisite: completion of nine hours of MPA core courses or permission of the instructor. This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of jurisprudence with special focus on American government, English common law, and the U.S. constitution. Upon completion of this course students will be able to understand U.S. legal philosophy, federalism and the relationship of jurisprudential conflict to the American political process and policy 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 relation-ship 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 635. Organizational Theory.
(3-0-3); II.
This course is an intensive study of major theories of organizational structure and process, from Max Weber’s work on bureaucracy until the present, focusing on public organizations and management. It will survey the classics of organization theory in public administration, familiarize students with the current state of scholarship in the field, and apply theory to practice through case studies.

 

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 641. Ethics in Public Administration.
(3-0-3); II.
This course surveys the major ethical theories of the Western world from ancient to contemporary virtue ethics and anti-foundationalism. Each ethical theory is applied to concrete situations that arise in public management, allowing students to refine their understanding of the theory while practicing its application and discussing its consequences. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand the major ethical theories and the historical development of those theories applying different ethical perspectives to concrete situations in public administration.

 

PA 642. Western Political Theory I.
(3-0-3); I.
Prerequisite: completion of nine hours of MPA core courses to include PA 640 or permission of the instructor. This course ex-amines the seminal political thought of the Western world from the ancient to medieval ages. Students will understand the roots of modern government, the classification of political regimes, and their theoretical justification with respect to human nature, justice, and the administration of political affairs. Upon completion, students will be able to understand the foundations of Western civilization and major political thought from ancient to the medieval ages.

 

PA 643. Western Political Theory II.
(3-0-3); II.
Prerequisite: completion of nine hours of MPA core courses to include PA 640 or permission of the instructor. This course ex-amines the seminal political thought of the Western world from the renaissance to modernity. Students will understand liberal-ism, social contract theory, republicanism, value relativism and historicism, and their theoretical justification with respect to human nature, justice, and the administration of political affairs. Upon completion, students will be able to understand the foundations of Western civilization and major political thought from the renaissance to the modern era.

 

PA 645. Seminar in Founding Fathers and American Thought.
(3-0-3); on demand.
Prerequisite: completion of nine 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 nine 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 under-stand federalism and its relationship to the American political process, constitutional law and policy more fully.

 

PA 655. 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 nonprofit 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 inter-governmental policy more fully.

 

PA 656. Non-Profit Organizations.
(3-0-3); II.
Prerequisite: completion of nine hours of MPA core courses or permission of the instructor. This course provides both academic and practical knowledge concerning nonprofit organizations including theory, policy and management of such organizations.

 

PA 660. Intergovernmental Relations.
(3-0-3); on demand.
Prerequisite: completion of nine 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 U.S. government and federal-ism. 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.

 

PA 680. Homeland Security.
(3-0-3); I.
Prerequisite: completion of nine hours of MPA core courses or permission from the instructor. This course provides a comprehensive understanding of U.S. Homeland Security Policy. This course examines the core theoretical concepts and principles of Western security that form U.S. national interest and foreign relations. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand the theoretical approaches and management techniques for U.S. security policy and the relationship to public ad-ministration.

 

PA 681. American Diplomatic History.
(3-0-3); II.
Prerequisite: completion of nine hours of MPA core courses or permission of the instructor. This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the history of American diplomatic relations. This course examines the core theoretical concepts and principles of Western diplomacy that form U.S. foreign relations. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to under-stand the history of U.S. diplomatic relations and the relationship to public administration and the American political process and foreign affairs more fully.

 

PA 690. Public Administration Internship.
(1-12-1); on demand.
Prerequisite: completion of 21 hours 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 for 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 695. Research Query.
(3-0-3); I, II, III.
Prerequisites: 18 hours of MPA coursework, successful completion of comprehensive exams, and consent of the instructor. Focused research under the direction of a graduate faculty member.

 

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.

GOVT 600. Seminar: State and Local Government.
(3-0-3); on demand.
Prerequisites: GOVT 141 and 242 or consent of instructor. Intensive and detailed study of state and local government problems of metropolitan areas; interstate and local cooperation; compacts and regional planning.

PS 600. Political Science Seminar.
(3-0-3): I, II.
This graduate seminar in political sciences sub-field with topical course offerings that serve to develop specializations for administration, policy, and theory.

RAPP 610. Ideology and Policy Development in Appa-lachia.
(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 611. Spatial Analysis.
(3-1-3); on demand.
Prerequisite: inferential statistics course in social or natural sciences or consent of the instructor. This course provides students with the background and skills to evaluate, select, and apply appropriate spatial analysis techniques to solving real-world problems and issues in public administration. A wide variety of spatial tools and applications applicable to government, business, environmental studies, and academia will be explored. Specifically, students will learn concepts of spatial analytic practice, explore the methods and techniques of applying these concepts in practice, and develop the ability to evaluate, select, and apply the appropriate techniques to real-world subjects.

 

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.
Prerequisite: admission in 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 issues in Appalachia.

 

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

 

RAPP 685. Advanced Environmental Education.
(2-2-3); III, on demand.
Prerequisite: nine hours from approved courses for the Environ-mental Education Endorsement certification or approval of the instructor. This is a hybrid (online and in-person) environmental methods course that focuses on curriculum development using outdoor classrooms. Students will be required to participate in outdoor and indoor settings.