Public Administration: The Foundation of Public Service


w03a1 – Public Administration: The Foundation of Public Service


Your assignment, Public Administration: The Foundation of Public Service, is due this week!

Make sure that you ask any remaining questions you may have.


Through public administration we define who we are as a nation, from economics to pollution to civil rights. But what exactly does it mean to be a public

administrator, and how does public administration influence the lives of citizens?

Write a 3–4 page paper in which you answer the following:

1. What is public administration? Why is it important? Provide an overview of its purpose and function in America.

2. Compare and contrast public administration and business administration. Provide two specific examples of how the fields are different and two

examples of how they are the same.

3. What kinds of occupations are found in public administration? Provide three examples: one from nonprofit administration, one from federal

government, and one from state or local government. Describe the job functions and requirements of these roles.

4. In thinking about your own career goals, how does knowledge of the field of public administration apply to your current or future plans?

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards. For assistance and information, please refer to the Strayer Writing Standards link in the

left-hand menu of your course.

Use a minimum of three professional references (Wikipedia is not accepted in this class).

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is as follows:

Review the foundational concepts and constructs of public administration.