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The Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration aims to teach students the discipline of public administration. The program is designed to provide students an opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of the public sector, its organization, operations, structures, and processes of government. Students are given high-quality training in order to become more effective participants in a democratic society as managers, policy analysts, public policy makers, and responsible citizens. Students receive instruction in such subjects as public management, budget preparation, techniques, public policy, ethics, and sustainable development. Graduates in Public Administration are prepared for careers in government at the national and international levels, as well as employment in nonprofit organizations.


Program Educational Objectives

This program is designed to equip students with comprehensive awareness of the discipline of Public Administration. The major courses will provide students with in-depth knowledge of the field, and will afford them a smooth and solid transition into the graduate studies as well as professional training in the following areas: the public sector in various ministries of government, budgeting and the budget process, foreign service, international and regional organizations, multi-national corporations, banking institutions, and other enterprises.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating in the BA of Public Administration will be able to:

  1. 1.Demonstrate appropriate analytical and research skills in the study of public administration.
  2. 2.Identify relevant legal and political actors in the public policy process and study their roles.
  3. 3.Identify the ethical component of public policy.
  4. 4.Communicate in written and oral form to convey their knowledge and skills.
  5. 5.Find employment and pursue careers in the Lebanese public sector and NGOs.


Graduation Requirements

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts at the Department of Government and International Relations (DGIR) must complete a total of 105 credits for all majors with an overall average of at least 2.0/4.0 and a minimum average of 2.0/4.0 in the major requirements.


Liberal Arts Curriculum (30cr.)

Electives in GIR (24cr.)

Free Electives (6cr.)

Suggested Program

Fall Semester Year I (15cr.)
POS 201 Introduction to Political Science   3 cr.
IAF 211 Introduction to International Relations 3 cr.
ENL 213 Sophomore Rhetoric 3 cr.
CSC 201 Introduction to Computers 3 cr.
POS 210 Government and Politics of Lebanon  3 cr.
Spring Semester Year I (15cr.)
PAD 201 Introduction to Public Administration  3 cr.
POS 240 Law and Society 3 cr.
HIT 211 History of Lebanon and the Middle East 3 cr.
ECN 212 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 cr.
Major Elective 3 cr.
Summer Session Year I (6cr.)
Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) 3 cr.
Free Elective 3 cr.
Fall Semester Year II (12cr.)
PAD 241 Administrative Law  3 cr.
POS 350 Comparative Governments and Politics  3 cr.
ENL 230 English in the Workplace 3 cr.
Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year II (15cr.)
POS 442 Constitutional Law 3 cr.
PAD 302 Elements of Public Policy 3 cr.
POS 353 Governments of the Middle East 3 cr.
PAD 332 Administration Behavior and Organization Theory 3 cr.
Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) 3 cr.
Summer Session Year II (9cr.)
Major Elective 3 cr.
Major Elective 3 cr.
Free Elective 3 cr.
Fall Semester Year III (12cr.)
POS 345 Ethics and Leadership 3 cr.
IAF 407 International and Regional Organizations 3 cr.
PAD 312 Regulatory Politics 3 cr.
Major Elective 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year III (15cr.)
PAD 421 Fiscal and Budgetary Policy of Lebanon 3 cr.
PAD 422 Political Administration Development 3 cr.
PAD 462 Public Management 3 cr.
PAD 490 Senior Study - Special Topics in Public Administration 3 cr.
Free Elective 3 cr.
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