College Catalog
Academic Programs - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Public Administration Studies
(formerly Civil and Public Service)
Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5501
Chairperson: Dr. Ann B. Geisendorfer
Amstuz Science Hall, Suite 300, (518) 629-7342

The Public Administration Studies major is designed for both recent high school graduates and for persons presently employed in the public sector who wish to work toward an Associate in Applied Science degree. This degree program is designed to allow students transfer opportunities to a public affairs, public policy, or public administration program at a four-year institution.

As a terminal degree, students are taught the foundations necessary for a broad range of professional and paraprofessional positions found in federal, state, county and municipal governments.

Degree requirements can be fulfilled through evening course offerings and distance learning. Not all courses are offered in the distance learning format every term, therefore students need to meet with an advisor to plan their coursework.

This degree program has a 2 + 2 articulation agreement with the public affairs and public policy B.S. degree program from The Sage College of Albany.

Students in the A.A.S. Public Administration Studies degree program are eligible for college credit through the Life Experience Program. Interested students should contact the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at (518) 629-7338 for information.

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
1 unit of any math Fall and Spring Humanities, lab science and social science courses recommended. 70 or above

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $580.


Course No.


Credit Hrs.

BADM 200
Business Communications or Computer Elective 3
BADM 220
Statistics or 3
MATH 135 Elementary Statistics or
PSYC 275 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
ECON 100
Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENGL 101
English Composition I 3
ENGL 102
English Composition II or 3
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature
FORM 109
College Forum ** (1)
PADM 100
Intro. to Public Administration 3
PADM 180
Principles of Supervision 3
PADM 205
Public Personnel Administration 3
PADM 210
Labor Relations 3
PSYC 100
General Psychology 3
  Computer or Restricted Elective 3
  (1) Free Electives 12
  Government Elective 3
  Law Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective 3
  (1) Restricted Electives 6
Total Credits Required

*or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.

** Required of first time, full time students.

(1) See advisor for course approval.