Program Overview

A Public Administration degree at Eastern is challenging, flexible and rewarding. It combines rigorous social science analysis with enduring conceptual questions of philosophy.  The result is a multidisciplinary understanding of the institutions and practices that shape our world.  It includes core courses in philosophy, political science, and economics, with the option of a minor in any of those disciplines. 

The program prepares students for a variety of rewarding careers–and career changes–that require a multifaceted set of skills.  Examples include teaching, banking and finance, journalism, resource management, social services, criminal justice, and other public service. The program will also provide excellent preparation for graduate study in law, economics, policy, and philosophy. Students can design their own degree programs to suit the needs of careers in public administration, a combination of philosophy, policy, economics, and history.


EOU's aim is that students experience significant personal and professional growth in a multidisciplinary program focused on the study of societies. A 50-credit core provides a shared inter-disciplinary experience for all students in the program while offering a common knowledge base for additional upper pision course work. 

The 30 lower pision core credits provide a basic understanding of the political, economic, and legal systems in the United States; an introduction to the questions that concern contemporary American society; and, an introduction to logical reasoning.  

The 20 upper pision core credits provide a common, advanced-level application of the analytic, empirical, and normative tools within each discipline. Students have the option of pursuing an economics minor, which will give them the foundation to pursue careers in a wide range of business functions. 

Students who have pursued the degree in PPE online have achieved equal successes to EOU’s on-campus students, with many using the degree as a foundation to pursue careers in politics and public policy.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Eastern Oregon University is a four-year public state university located in La Grande, Oregon. Founded in 1929, the university began as a preparatory school for teachers and was originally known as the Eastern Oregon Normal School. The university underwent yet a name change in the 1970s and became known as Eastern Oregon State College, which remained until 1997 when the university adopted its current name.

    Student at EOU can earn degrees at the associate's, bachelor’s, and master’s level in addition to post-secondary certificates. Eastern Oregon University offers in business administration, history, psychology, public administration and many more. Many of EOU's bachelor's and master's degrees are available in online or hybrid formats, as well as undergraduate and graduate level certifications and endorsements.


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