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Public Affairs and Administration


Program Description

Few people get behind the scenes of government operations like Public Affairs and Administration graduates, and with the Department of Political Science's diverse, challenging and comprehensive program, students leave with the tools to make them successful consultants and analysts.

Through seminars and courses on government, citizenship, economics, public policy and politics, students study real-world applications of theory and practice within the political machine. Many Public Affairs and Administration students use their bachelor's degree as a starting point in public, nonprofit, advocacy, and business organizations.

The career options for Public Affairs and Administration graduates vary greatly, and nearly every part of federal, state and local governments needs analysts who can streamline operations and boost efficiency for taxpayers. OU's program aims to produce graduates who are ready for careers in organizational management.

Degree Options

A Public Affairs and Administration student graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs and Administration degree.

Interests & Skills

Public Affairs and Administration students typically have interests in policy, management, public relations, government and law.

Notable Achievements

Both students and faculty in the Department of Political Science have made outstanding academic achievements. Undergraduates go on to such notable graduate programs as the University of Kansas, the University of Texas, the University of Colorado, Georgetown University and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. OU's Political Science doctoral students won five dissertation prizes over five consecutive years: four awarded by the American Political Science Association and one awarded by the University of Oklahoma. Political Science students and faculty have received Fulbright grants and fellowships for research in foreign countries, and other faculty recognitions include the Smith Richardson grant, Merrick Foundation Teaching Award, Regents Professor designation, UOSA Outstanding Professor designation, General Education Teaching Award and the Regents' Award for Superior Teaching.

Your Future

Types of Employers

Public Policy Organizations
Police Departments
Major Corporations
Banks and financial institutions
U.S. Library of Congress
Colleges and universities
Government agencies

Recent Graduates Jobs

Director of government relations,
    City of Tulsa Office of the
Financial Advisor, Waddell
    and Reed
Assistant manager, Brighton
Management clerk, Drug
    Enforcement Administration

Experienced Alumni Jobs

Assistant administrator, Yale
    School of Medicine
Assistant city manager, City of
Attorney, Reserve National
Consultant, Multiple Medical
Demand planning manager,
    Coca-Cola North America
Senior executive, United Health

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Contact Us

OU Political Science Deparment
Phone: (405) 325-2061