More and more of the functions in modern society are performed by the government or not-for-profit enterprises. Management of such enterprises requires the skills to manage money and people and an understanding of government and public policy. The Public Management Major equips students with these tools. Public Management combines courses from the Political Science department and the Business School to prepare students for careers managing government agencies and public enterprises.
Students majoring in Public Management at Millsaps supplement courses from business and political science with courses from across the disciplines that focus on public policy. Taking advantage of our setting in the state's capital, they put these skills into practice.
Requirements for major: Students may complete a major in public management with a minimum of ten courses: six required and four elective, including one from the public policy courses and one from the institutions, organizations and skills set of courses. The elective courses are drawn from fields of study as diverse as philosophy, sociology/anthropology, and geology that focus on a particular area of public policy or skill that is useful to analysts, advocates, or public managers.
The public management major is offered with the B.A. or B.S. degree. No grade lower than a C will be accepted to fulfill a course requirement in the major.
Internships, directed readings, and fieldwork courses may be used to fulfill no more than two of the four departmental electives (no more than one from each category).
Policy debates are conducted in the language of mathematics and statistics. People expecting to influence policy will not be able to understand, much less contribute to, most policy debates without substantial comfort with quantitative reasoning. The following courses are either required or highly recommended:
Internships and Mentoring
All public management majors are required to participate in the internship and mentoring program before graduation. Students spend a semester working with a leader in the field he or she intends to work in after graduation.
Political Institutions, Organizations and Skills
Other courses can be counted toward the major with prior approval of the program director. A course must have a policy focus or be directly related to a skill needed by public managers or policy advocates.
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Public Management - Course Connect Wiki
The students and faculty in Public Management jointly maintain a wiki (a website that can be edited by a group of people) which collects resources for research in politics and government. Visitors can access (but not edit) the wiki here: