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Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

The BSPA offers undergraduate students an opportunity to provide individuals with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to move into professional administrative positions in government agencies. Students who complete the B.S. degree in public administration with a concentration in fire safety administration meet the National Fire Protection professional qualifications for a Fire Officer III.

Learning Objectives

  • Intellectual Breadth and Lifelong Learning
    To transfer knowledge and skills gained from general and specialized studies to new settings and complex problems.
  • Inquiry and Critical Thinking
    To be able to use quanitative and qualitative methods to analyze problems.
    To be able to recognize the complexity of problems and identify different perspectives from which problems may be viewed.
    To be able to identify, analyze and evaluate reasoning and construct and defend arguments, both oral and written in nature.
  • Communication
    To be able to effectively use the common genres and conventions for writing within a discipline.
    To be able to prepare and deliver effective oral presentations.
    To be able to collaborate effectively to share information, solve problems, and complete tasks.
  • Global/Multicultural Knowledge and Awareness
    To be able to respond to diverse perspectives linked to identity, both in American and international contexts.
    To be able to function effectively in diverse groups.
  • Citizenship and Ethics
    To be able to acquire knowledge about political, economic and social institutions.
    To be able to identify the rights and obligations of citizens.
    To be able to apply ethical concepts and theories to specific dilemmas in their personal and professional lives.