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July 12, 2019 LA GRANDE, Ore. – After a five-year hiatus, public administration is back in the academic catalog at Eastern Oregon University. The program returns as a fully online bachelor’s degree suited to those interested in public planning, city administration, nonprofit leadership and other public service careers.
The program is the only undergraduate public administration degree in the nation that’s fully online through a public university.
Political science professor Jeff Dense has overseen the revival, and sees the program as central to the university’s mission of being an economic and cultural engine in rural Oregon. Dense developed the original curriculum and rebooted it for online delivery starting in fall 2019.
He said students will experience hands-on learning through internships and mentoring from working professionals in the field. Topics for the course include social science research, public policy, budgeting, critical thinking and written communication.
“It’s all about seeing a problem and solving it,” Dense said. “There’s a small city and rural management focus, where we have a real need for this skill set.”
From negotiating with labor unions, to policy analysis and interacting with the public, Dense said the new degree program prepares graduates to “do the day-to-day work of government.” Graduates can expect to excel as leaders in county administration or state agencies, and the degree provides a solid basis for graduate study in law.
Adults with established careers can complete the degree online to advance up the ladder or prepare for a master’s degree in administration and policy.
Visit eou.edu/public-administration for more information. Contact the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences at 541-962-3859 or Jeff Dense at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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