OSTD 410 Concepts and Theories of Leadership (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300 and Senior Status within the OS major. Promotes leadership development through the study of leadership theory and concepts and encourages the practical application of leadership at all levels. It includes analysis of historical approaches to leadership and focuses on influential contemporary leadership perspectives such as Servant Leadership, Situational Leadership, Transformational Leadership, and Principle-Centered Leadership. Through an examination of leadership theory and research, self-assessments and reflection, and application to the work environment, students will create a personal leadership development plan.
OSTD 480 Organizational Theory & Practice (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: ENGL 190, CMMK 121, CST 295, OSTD 300, OSTD 320 or 330, OSTD 410, PST 320, PST 340 or PSYK 425, Senior Status. An overview of how organizations work including theory, research, and application. Students will gain a deeper understanding of organizational structure, culture, communication, and strategic planning processes within the internal and external environment. Current trends will also be discussed. Students will complete cases and engage in experiential exercises to facilitate critical thinking and the application of course content to organizational settings. The final course project will integrate knowledge and skills in the area of organizational theory with systematic problem solving skills to assess and diagnose an organizational problem. This course is the Capstone Course for the OS Major.
PPS 503 Issues in American Public Administration (3)
Prerequisite: Senior Status. Examines role of public administration in U.S. Historic evolution of public administration. Current issues in field: privatization, quotas, affirmative action, whistle-blowing, etc.
PPS 512 Public Sector Budgeting (3)
Prerequisite: Senior Status. Public budgeting at all levels of government; economic and political aspects of budgeting. Features in-class budget simulation.
PPS 515 Economics of the Public Sector (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student. Offered through Department of Public Policy Studies. Introduction to economics of the public sector. Specific issues regarding welfare economics, expenditure programs, and taxation.
PPS 541 Administrative Law (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate Student. Offered through Department of Public Policy Studies. Seminar discussions focus on the search for procedural due process in public administration. Specific attention is devoted to administrative law doctrines and principles pertaining to rule-making, agency hearings, administrative discretion, damage actions, reviewability, scope of review, and administrative searches and seizures. Administrative law cases are thoroughly discussed.
PST 490 Social Science Research Methods (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisite: CST 295. Social Science Research Methods is designed to initiate the student to current social and policy research technologies and practices. In this course the student will engage in the study of both quantitative and qualitative approaches to social science research using a systematic process. Issues in criminal justice, public policy and administration, and urban planning will be the primary focus of research and cases. Major theories and concepts in social science and policy research applicable to these topics, as well as selected student projects, will be addressed through lectures, readings from the text, audio/visual presentations, class discussions, cases, and practice exercises. This course will provide the student with opportunities to think critically about social science and policy research and possible solutions to current problems confronting the criminal justice system, public policy decision-makers and social science research professionals.