Public Administration and Public Policy

The department of Political Science offers a major in public administration leading to the Bachelor of Science degree.

This program is designed to provide appropriate analytical skills and prepare students for direct entry into public service or for specialized graduate programs in public administration and public policy. Students in public administration and public policy take courses including Public Administration Financial Analysis, American Public Policy, Public Budgeting, and Public Sector Human Resource Management.

Students interested in attending law school can also take advantage of the Oakland University - Wayne State University Law School 3+3 program which allows students to earn an undergraduate degree (Public Administration and Public Policy, B.S.) and a law degree (J.D.) in a minimum of six years.

This tool should only be used as a guide — remember to meet with your academic adviser, Career Services and/or faculty to determine appropriate career options.

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    Administrative Analyst

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    Code Enforcement Officer

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    Community Planning Specialist

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    Law Enforcement Officer

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    Policy Analyst

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    Public Affairs Officer

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    Public Personnel Specialist

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    Quality Control Specialist

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    Research Analyst

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    Interest Group Staffer

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    Lobbyist

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    Staffer, Director at Non-Profit Organization

  • Career Possibilities

    • State and local government staffer in the areas of:
      • Administrative analyst
      • Code enforcement officer
      • Community planning specialist
      • Law enforcement officer
      • Lawyer
      • Policy analyst
      • Public affairs officer
      • Public personnel specialist
      • Quality control specialist
      • Research analyst
    • Interest group staffer
    • Lobbyist
    • Policy analyst
    • Staffer, director at a non-profit organization

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