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Pre-Public Administration - Associate in Arts

Program Code - CIP Code: PRE.PADM.AA/24.0101
Credits Required: 65
Academic Division: Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Services

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 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

Requirements for admission to the program:                                 

  • No requirements for admission to the program.
  • Contact program for program-specific advising.

College Requirement


Credit Hours

BLUE 0101

Freshman Seminar


General Education Requirements

Course Credit Hours
ENGL 0101 Composition I * 3
ENGL 0102 Composition II * 3
SPCH 0151 OR
SPCH 0201
Public Speaking OR
Interpersonal Communication
MATH 0105 OR
MATH 0115
College Algebra OR
HIST 0211 Contemporary Issues 3
PHIL 0206 Ethics* 3
  Humanities Elective ( from Art, Literature, Music or Theatre) 3
PSYC 0101 OR
SOSC 0107
Psychology* OR
ECON 0201 OR
ECON 0202
Principles of Macroeconomics OR
Principles of Microeconomics
  Natural or Physical Science Elective 5
  Foreign Language Elective 5
Total Hours for General Education Requirements 37-39
*See course description for prerequisite. **Math sequence is contingent upon previous high school mathematics background and transfer institution.  Students should confer with an advisor to determine correct placement. #Depending on University transfer

Pre-Public Administration Requirements

BUSN 0108 OR
BUSN 0280
Human Relations in Business OR
Human Resource Management
POSC 0102 International Relations 3
POSC 0111 American Government 3
POSC 0112 State and Local Government 3
POSC 0201 Political Science Internship 3
POSC 0245 Introduction to Public Administration * 3
SOSC 0207 Urban Sociology* 3
SOSC 0209 Social Problems* 3
SOSC 0215 Introduction to Human Services 3
  Total Hours for Pre-Public Administration Requirements 27
*See course syllabi for Pre-Public Administration course prerequisites.

Total Hours

Total Hours for an Associate in Arts in Pre-Public Administration Degree 65-67
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