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Undergraduate Bulletin 2006-2008 
    
Undergraduate Bulletin 2006-2008 [Archived Catalog]

Public Affairs (B.S.P.A.)


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Program: Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs

Neff Hall 260 ~ 260-481-6351 ~ www.ipfw.edu/spea/

The B.S.P.A. program provides a background in the liberal arts and a focus on public affairs. This degree offers majors in the criminal justice, environmental policy, health services administration, legal studies, and public management. In addition, a specialized study major may be developed with the approval of a faculty advisor and the program director to meet special career needs. Internships are available and strongly encouraged so that qualified students have the opportunity to apply classroom theory and techniques to reallife experiences. The internship program is designed for maximum flexibility; internships can be full or part time, paid or unpaid, credit or noncredit.

The SPEA curriculum is divided into four categories — general education, public affairs core, a major area, and general electives. The B.S.P.A. requires a minimum of 120 credit hours with a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average and a 2.30 or higher average in core and major courses. No more than 88 credits may be transferred from other accredited institutions, and no more than 10 credits can be taken by correspondence through the IU School of Continuing Studies. A maximum of 10 credits may be awarded for military experience, and a maximum of 12 credits may be awarded for police academy training. Courses taken to meet specific SPEA degree requirements cannot be used to satisfy any other SPEA degree requirement, but may be double-counted to satisfy the IPFW general-education distribution requirement.

To earn the Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs at IPFW, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW (see Part 7) and the Division of Public and Environmental Affairs, and complete the following requirements:

IPFW General Education Requirements


Area I—Linguistic and Numerical Foundations


Reading/Writing Credits: 3


Listening/Speaking Credits: 3


Quantitative Reasoning Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses.

Note on double counting
Some courses may be used to fulfill both Quantitative Reasoning and the SPEA Quantitative Methods requirements.

Area II—Natural and Physical Sciences Credits: 6


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses.

Note on double counting
Some courses may be used to fulfill both Area II and the SPEA Natural Sciences requirements.

Area III—The Individual, Culture, and Society Credits: 6


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses.

Note on double counting
Some courses may be used to fulfill both Area III and SPEA Arts and Humanities or SPEA Social and Behavioral Sciences requirements.

Area IV—Humanistic Thought Credits: 6


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses.

Note on double counting
Some courses may be used to fulfill both Area IV and the SPEA Arts and Humanities requirement.

Area V—Creative and Artistic Expression Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses

Note on double counting
Some courses may be used to fulfill both Area V and the SPEA Arts and Humanities requirement.

Area VI—Inquiry and Analysis Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses

Note on double counting
Some courses may be used to fulfill both Area VI and the SPEA Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanistic Thought requirements.

Division of Public and Environmental Affairs


General Distribution Requirements


Communication (3 credits)


Quantitative Methods (9 credits)


Arts and Humanities (12 credits)


  • Arts and humanities electives Credits: 6
    Choose two courses from at least two of the following subject areas not used to fulfill another requirement:
    classical studies, communication, English literature, fine arts, folklore, international languages, history, honors (humanities only), music, philosophy, religious studies, theatre.

Natural Science (8 credits)


Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 credits)


  • Two courses from the following areas: Credits: 6
    anthropology, criminal justice, economics, geography (selected), journalism, linguistics, political science, psychology (selected), sociology, women’s studies

Major


(Choose one major, 27–30 cr.)

Additional approved SPEA courses Credits: 9


maximum 6 credits in the following:

Three additional approved SPEA courses Credits: 9


maximum 6 credits in the following:

Specialized Study Major (27 credits)


Four approved SPEA courses at the 300–400 level Credits: 12


maximum 6 credits in the following:

Five additional approved 300–400 level courses Credits: 15


General Electives (25–28 credits)


Select additional courses to equal 120 credits.

Total Credits: 120


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