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Major Guide: Public Administration


Major Coursework

As Public Administration majors, students should adhere to the following criteria in major course selection for study abroad:

  • 12 out of 12 credit hours of Public Administration electives can be taken abroad (300-400 level coursework either in the fields of Economics or Political Science)
  • The following Public Administration courses should be taken at UT and NOT while abroad:
    • ECON 311: Intermediate Economic
    • ECON 471: Public Finance
    • POLS 441: Public Budgeting
    • ECON 472: Public Finance: Taxation and FIscal Federalism
  • Lower division pre-business core courses (including ECON 211 and 213 should NOT be taken while abroad).

Students should meet with an International Programs and Study Abroad (IPSA) advisor to receive final approval for Public Admin coursework.

Non-major Coursework

Although Public Administration majors are encouraged to take their major elective coursework while abroad, there are many other ways to take business coursework and fulfill other degree requirements abroad. Other types of courses available for study abroad include:

  • General education (ethics, arts & humanities, non-business electives)
  • Pre-business core (MGT 202, ECON 211 & 213, STAT 201 equivalents)
  • Business core (FINC 301, BULW 301 & 332 equivalents)
  • Foreign language (HCB requires completion through intermediate level)
  • Collateral / concentration

Course Options

The following are examples of possible major elective courses available.

*This is not an exhaustive list.

  • Italy and the European Union
  • International Law
  • Money and Monetary Policy
  • Political Economy
  • Environmental Economics


Students interested in pursuing Public Administration elective coursework while abroad should consider:

  • Students are only able to take Public Administration elective coursework after completion of their tracking courses, which is typically after Sophomore year.
  • Public Administration majors are able to go abroad after their first semester of Freshman year if they are only taking general elective courses or Pre-Business core courses.
  • Students should not study abroad their final semester at UT if they plan to graduate in May due to the delay in transcript processing.

Recommended Programs

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list. Other programs available through our website may also be viable options.

Public Administration Major Guide (PDF version)

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Program Features: Internship placements available; Student clubs & organizations

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(University of Sydney)

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Program Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Program Features: Internship placements available; Volunteer opportunities

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Program Location: Sydney, Australia

Program Feature: Student clubs & organizations

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Chinese University of Hong Kong: Language & Business

London School of Economics and Political Science

Program Type: UT Exchange

Program Location: Hong Kong, China

Program Features: Buddy program; Volunteer opportunities

Program Type: UT Affiliate

Program Location: London, UK

Quick Look: CUHK is the largest, greenest, and second oldest university in Hong Kong and welcomes nearly 1,400 international students each year! Quick Look: The London School of Economics is one of Britain’s premier universities. LSE is part of the Russell Group of universities, which is similar to the Ivy League in the United States.