Public Administration Major Resources

Public Administration Major Resources

The major in Public Administration examines decision making, leadership and management in public agencies and nonprofit organizations. It introduces students to the field of public administration, including its scope, content, literature and relationship to other disciplines. This is accomplished through a curriculum that focuses on developing core competencies for new and mid–career public administration students.

Here you will find:
● Key information about your major
● How and when to meet with your major advisor
● Planning tools that will help you track your progress in the major
● Ways to explore career opportunities related to the Public Administration major
 
Take a few moments to look at the information below. It will help you plan effectively and avoid surprises during your studies at John Jay.
 
PAD Requirements

Major Requirements

You are responsible for the major requirements that were in effect when you declared the major. To confirm the requirements you should be following, go to the Undergraduate Bulletin for that academic year. For example, if you declared the Public Administration major in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016, you would click on the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin. If you declared the major and then left the College for more than one full semester, you’re responsible for the major requirements in effect when you return, if they have changed. Not sure when you declared the major? Find out here.
 
Below, find the Undergraduate Bulletin that was in effect when you declared the major.

A Note on General Education Requirements

No PAD major courses can be used to fulfill your General Education Requirements. Refer to the General Education Requirements for more information on meeting these requirements.

 

Major Advising

Year-Round Major Advising in Fall/Spring

Public Administration Major Advisor:
Yvonne Purdie
Department of Public Management, 533.44 Haaren Hall
212 237-8554
Office hours: Monday through Thursday 9-5
Special arrangements outside of those hours by appointment
 
Yvonne Purdie is available year-round, including summer and winter terms. Feel free to get in touch with her by any of the means listed above, or make an appointment through Advisor Trac at jjcadvisortrac@jjay.cuny.edu. Note that you must use your official John Jay email in order to make an appointment through Advisor Trac.
 
Students may also contact Professor Yi Lu, the major coordinator for Public Administration, at ylu@jjay.cuny.edu.

Registration and Major Holds

Sophomores with 45-59 credits may have a hold on their registration. The hold will be removed when they have a major advising appointment with Yvonne Purdie (ypurdie@jjay.cuny.edu). This discussion will encourage wise planning and allow students to ask any questions they may have about the major.

 

How do you know if you have a major hold? Go to CUNYfirst and complete the following steps:

 

  1. Check the Holds box of your CUNYfirst Student Center. If "Advisement Required" appears, click on “details.”

 

 

 

  1. Click on “Advisement Required.”

 
  1. See which type of advisement you need. If you must see a major advisor, then make a major advising appointment following the steps preferred by this department.

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Plan Ahead: Graduate on Time

Avoid Course Planning Mistakes!

To stay on track in the PAD major, keep the following guidelines in mind:
 
  • Take PAD 140 as early as possible, since it’s the prerequisite for most major courses. CUNYfirst will sometimes show PAD 240 as a prerequisite to upper level PAD courses, but that course number was changed to PAD 140.
 
  • Look ahead in the major to be aware of any additional prerequisites for upper level courses.
 
  • This major requires that you choose one of the concentrations listed below. Make sure to check the prerequisites for your concentration’s courses (e.g. ECO 101 is the foundation for any 200+ level ECO course, POL 101 is the foundation for any 200+ level POL course, etc.).
    • Category A. Human Resources Administration
    • Category B. Managerial Investigation and Oversight
    • Category C. International Public Administration
    • Category D. Public Policy and Planning
    • Category E. Special Concentration (consult with a PAD major advisor to create a Special Concentration)
 
  • If you are interested in pursuing a Public Administration internship or practicum, consult early with your PAD major advisor to learn how it may count towards your concentration.
 
  • Remember that you will need at least a 2.0 GPA in the major and at least a 2.0 overall GPA to graduate.

Monitor Your Progress in the Major

  • DegreeWorks degree audit - Use this online planning tool to track your overall progress toward graduation. You will see which of your general education and major requirements are completed, in progress, or still needed.  Refer to the DegreeWorks FAQs to better understand how to use this helpful tool.

     
  • PAD Major Checklist (coming soon) - Fill out this printable worksheet to keep track of which major requirements you have completed and which ones you still need.

     
  • Sample Four Year Plan - See an example of how you could complete all your degree requirements (major, general education, electives) and graduate in four years! Remember that this sample plan shows just one possible way to combine your requirements. Transfer students in particular should work with advisors to determine a plan that works best for them.

Meet with a General Academic Advisor

A General Academic Advisor will confirm what general academic requirements you still need, make suggestions about smart course planning that will help you graduate without delays, discuss your interest in adding a minor or second major, inform you about opportunities such as study abroad, discuss general questions and concerns, and make helpful referrals. Visit the Academic Advisement Center's webpage for more information.

 

PAD and Careers

Why Public Administration?

 

Graduate School Preparation

See our master’s degree page for information about master’s programs offered at John Jay. If you are interested in pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA), see our overview of public administration programs.

Career Guidance

The Center for Career and Professional Development is a great resource for all questions related to job searches, internships, and career preparation. CCPD staff are available to meet individually with students and alumni in L72.00 New Building. To request a 45-minute counseling appointment, log on to John Jay Careers Online. 15-minute drop-in sessions are available all day Mon-Fri. (Stop by in person earlier the same day to schedule a drop-in session.)
 
Public Administration allows you to work in various governmental, civil service, non-profit, and private sectors agencies. Below are just a few examples of the places you may work after gaining an education from the Department of Public Administration: