Government (B.S.) - Public Administration - Online

Government (B.S.) - Public Administration - Online

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

General Education/Foundational Skills Requirements

Communication & Information Literacy 1
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric3
Communications Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Technological Solutions & Quantitative Reasoning 1
UNIV 104Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning0-3
Math ElectiveMATH 114 or higher3
Critical Thinking 1
RLGN 104Christian Life and Biblical Worldview 24
Critical Thinking Elective3
Civic & Global Engagement 1
Cultural Studies Elective3
Social & Scientific Inquiry 1
Natural Science Elective3
Social Science Elective3
Christianity & Contexts 1
BIBL 104Survey of Old and New Testament4
THEO 104Introduction to Theology Survey 24
Total Hours39-42

Refer to the list of approved general education electives before enrolling in foundational skill requirements


Students transferring in 45 or more UG credit hours will have the requirement of RLGN 104 Christian Life and Biblical Worldview (4 c.h.) waived; Students transferring in 60 or more UG credit hours will also have the requirement of THEO 104 Introduction to Theology Survey (4 c.h.) waived

Major Requirements

Major Foundational Courses
GOVT 200Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 13
GOVT 220American Government 13
Total Hours6

Course may fulfill select general education requirements

Major Core
GOVT 230Public Policy Research and Writing3
GOVT 330Introduction to Comparative Politics3
GOVT 350Political Economy and Public Policy3
GOVT 421American Constitutional History3
GOVT 425American Foreign Policy3
GOVT 490Political Theory3
Total Hours18
GOVT 327State and Local Government3
PADM 360Introduction to Public Administration3
PADM 462Public Financing & Budgeting3
PADM 475Advanced Public Administration3
PADM 485Public Administration Leadership & Community Engagement3
PADM 492Public Administration Seminar3
Total Hours18
Free Electives
Choose 36-42 credit hours of Free Electives36-42
Total Hours36-42

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • 120 Total hours
  • 2.0 Overall grade point average
  • 30 Hours must be upper-level courses (300-400 level)
  • Grade of 'C' Minimum required for all courses in the major
  • 25% Of major and concentration taken through Liberty University
  • 30 Hours must be completed through Liberty University
  • Grad App Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
THEO 104 Introduction to Theology Survey 4
RLGN 104 Christian Life and Biblical Worldview 4
UNIV 104 Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning 0-3
Social Science Elective (GOVT 200) 1 3
Second Semester
BIBL 104 Survey of Old and New Testament 4
GOVT 220 3
Communications Elective 1 3
Critical Thinking Elective 1 3
Information Literacy Elective 1 3
Second Year
First Semester
Information Literacy Elective 1 3
MATH Elective 1 3
Natural Science Elective 1 3
GOVT 230 Public Policy Research and Writing 3
GOVT 327 State and Local Government 3
Second Semester
Cultural Studies Elective 1 3
GOVT 330 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Third Year
First Semester
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy 3
PADM 360 Introduction to Public Administration 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Second Semester
GOVT 421 American Constitutional History 3
GOVT 425 American Foreign Policy 3
PADM 462 Public Financing & Budgeting 3
PADM 475 Advanced Public Administration 3
Elective 3
Fourth Year
First Semester
GOVT 490 Political Theory 3
PADM 485 Public Administration Leadership & Community Engagement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Second Semester
PADM 492 Public Administration Seminar 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Hours120-123

Refer to the list of approved general education electives at before enrolling foundational skills requirements.

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