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Pre-Public Administration

Curriculum pathway leading to an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences for students transferring into the following 4-year programs.

Interim Dean: Dr. Michael Vitale

The Associate in Arts Degree in Public Administration is designed to begin the preparation for careers in public service, non-governmental organizations, urban and community planning, and pastoral and philanthropic work. Students with the AAPA will be able to transfer to baccalaureate programs in public administration and related fields, especially to Washburn University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Students uninterested in transfer possibilities may utilize the AAPA as an effective introduction to, and preparation for, active and effective citizenship.

The AAPA program will emphasize administration, communication, law, planning, research, resource management, and range of public issues. The academic content of the courses will combine the theoretical with both experiential and practical dimensions. Learning and teaching will be interactive, intercultural, and inter-disciplinary.

The Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts & Science Degree meets the Board of Regents Transfer and Articulation Agreement. A Student completing this program and transferring to a public university, therefore, "will be accepted as having satisfied the general education requirements of all Kansas public universities."

Since the transferability of courses will vary depending on the specific four-year institution, it is strongly recommended that if students are intending to transfer to a four-year institution, they must consult with the transfer institution and with their respective KCKCC advisor before enrolling in order to determine the transferability of their courses.  It is the student’s responsibility to follow the transfer requirements established by his/her transfer institution.

General Education Requirements

College Requirement - All first time degree-seeking students who score 73 or above on the COMPASS reading exam are required to take HUDV0100, First Year Experience. All degree-seeking students who score below 73 on the COMPASS reading exam will take HUDV0101, Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning. (See exemptions)

Course Number
Course Title
Hours
HUDV Requirement:
HUDV0100 First Year Experience or
1
HUDV0101 Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning
2
Total
1-2
 
Basic Skill Requirements:
ENGL0101 Composition I*
3
ENGL0102 Composition II*
3
SPCH0151 Public Speaking or
SPCH0153 Interpersonal Communication
3
Total
9
 
Mathematics Requirement:
MATH0105 College Algebra* or  
MATH0115 Statistics*/#
3-5
Total
3-5
 
Humanities Requirements: (9 credit hours from at least 3 disciplines including: Art, History, Literature, Modern Language, Music, Philosophy or Theatre)
HIST00211 Contemporary Issues
3
PHIL0206 Ethics*
3
  Humanities Core Elective
(from Art, Literature, Music or Theatre [Performance courses are excluded)
3
Total
9
 
Social and Behavioral Science Requirements (6 credit hours from at least 2 disciplines including: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology)
PSYC0101 Psychology* or
SOSO0107 Sociology
3
ECON0201 Principles of Macroeconomics or
ECON0202 Principles of Microeconomics
3
Total
6
 
Natural and Physical Science Requirements (lecture with lab)
  Natural or Physical Science Core Elective
5
Total
5
   
Foreign Language Requirement:
  Foreign Language Core Elective
5
Total
5
   
Total General Education Requirements
38-41
 
Technical Requirements (Select 19-22 additional credits from the following)
BUSN0108 Human Relations in Business or
BUSN0280 Human Resource Management or
(Washburn transfers: CIST0100 Computer Concepts & Applications instead of the above 2 courses)
3
POSC0102 International Relations
3
POSC0111 American Government
3
POSC0112 State & Local Government
3
POSC0201 Political Science Internship
3
POSC0245 Introduction to Public Administration
3
SOSC0207 Urban Sociology*
3
SOSC0209 Social Problems*
(Washburn transfers: MATH0115, Statistics instead of SOSC0209)
3
SOSC0215 Introduction to Human Services
3
Total
19-22
   
Total hours required for an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts & Science in Pre-Public Administration Degree
60

*See course description for prerequisite.
#Depending on University transfer
**University of Kansas Bound: Add HIST0115/0116/0117/0118-Western Civilization requirements (8 credit hours) Drop: HIST0211 and SOSC0207 (6 credit hours)