Public Administration

Are you interested in serving your community, state, or nation through a dynamic role in public service? The Public Administration major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide you with a broad understanding of the organization and functions of government and non-profit agencies and knowledge of public policy-making including the analysis of important public policies such as education policy, budget and tax policy, environmental policy, and community and economic development policy. Students are provided with skills in critical thinking and analysis, research, writing, and public speaking that will prepare them for graduate and professional programs and law school. Our program, one of the few in the state, offers courses in national, state and local government, public policy, federalism and intergovernmental relations, bureaucracy, public management, and program evaluation. A degree in Public Administration will prepare you for promising careers in local, state, and national government, non-profit organizations, and with elected officials.

As a Public Administration major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:

  • Expert Faculty with diverse professional and academic credentials who are deeply dedicated to the success of their students, both in the classroom and in the future. Many of our professors have held positions in government and non-profit organizations and use a variety of teaching methods including group-work, case studies, simulations, student research and presentations, and service learning opportunities. Our professors establish personal connections with their students, offering individualized attention and mentoring, and access to undergraduate research opportunities, including co-authoring of faculty research and faculty mentored honors theses.
  • Student Organizations such as the Public Administration Club promote student engagement with peers, faculty, and professionals through a variety of campus events and community activities. The Public Administration Club brings speakers to campus for presentations and workshops on current events and professional development including UCA Alumni who now work in government agencies and non-profit organizations.
  • Educating for Global Engagement (EDGE) offers students internships, undergraduate research, service learning, and study abroad opportunities, such as travel to the British Isles, France, and Italy. To find out more about the possibilities associated with this program, visit the EDGE webpage at:
  • Professional Development through a variety of undergraduate research projects, including co-authoring of faculty research and faculty mentored honors theses; service learning opportunities, in which students present their work to the organization for which they are volunteering; as well as the opportunity to participate in and present papers at the annual Arkansas Political Science Association conference, where students can learn from and network with peers, faculty, and professionals in the field. Students are also able to apply for numerous internships locally, nationally, and even overseas with government and non-profit organizations. Some of our recent internship sites have included: the Peace Corps Office of Domestic Programs, Arkansas Foodbank Network, Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department, US Marshals Service, Congressional Offices, Conway Regional Hospital, Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research, the Washington Center (which places students in D.C. intern positions), and the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation.
  • Employment Opportunities are as diverse as our students, with graduates entering a variety of high-demand and growing occupations with in city and county government, universities, state agencies, and non-profit and civic organizations. Job opportunities abound as agency directors, program managers, policy analysts, budget analysts, grant writers, legislative aides, economic developers, city managers, urban planners, research analysts, attorneys for public agencies, law enforcement officers, and healthcare administrators.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Public Administration major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit