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Public Administration

Program Details

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.

Accreditation & Licensing

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities