Introduction to Public Administration – GOVT 360

CG • Section • 01/03/2020 to 06/11/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

An introduction to the history and theory of public administration. These ideas will be applied within a variety of public institutional contexts.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


A basic understanding of public administration is expected of a graduate in the field of government regardless of what his or her field of concentration is within the discipline. This course provides that basic need.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the field of public administration.
  2. Analyze the field of public administration with respect to biblical principles.
  3. Explain the vital nature of the field of public administration.
  4. Synthesize information from informed reading, research and analysis, and discussion in the field of public administration.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentation/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words, with a scriptural or biblical worldview application. Each thread must also include citations from 2 scholarly references and must demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words and must include at least 1 scholarly reference citation.

Case Studies (3)

The student will complete 3 Case Studies. Each Case Study must include citations from 2 scholarly references, a scriptural or biblical worldview application, and be at least 500 words in length.

Research Paper

The student will write an 8–10-page research-based paper on a chosen topic from the field of public administration. The paper must utilize at least 5 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Exams (2)

There will be two open book/open notes exams. The midterm exam will include 50 multiple-choice questions; students will have 1 hour to complete it. It will cover the reading assignments for the first half of the course. The final exam will include a mixture of multiple-choice, true-false, and short essay questions. It will focus on the assigned readings for Modules 5-8, but will include at least one essay question that applies to the entire course. Students will have 2 hours to complete the exam.