Public Administration, Emergency Management & Homeland Security
The Pathway to Public Service ~ Public Administration Track is part of the Community Change and Urban Leadership Initiative at College of Alameda. This sequence of courses is designed to provide an introduction to careers in Public Service and provide an overview of the field of Public Administration and emergency management & homeland security.
What you’ll learn in this track is what you need to know, and how to pursue a career in the general area of community service in the arena of the public and social sectors. This includes service learning opportunities working in various public sector and/or non-profit organizational settings, and learning from and performing in multiple entry level tasks associated with the organizational managerial and leadership professions.
There are Three Program Learning Outcomes with which we seek to prepare you here; you will gain:
- Mastery of a body of knowledge about your world – to see the world more clearly from a larger set of perspectives.
- Proficiency in Critical Political Thinking and “Futures Consciousness” – to use your knowledge more effectively.
- Greater capacity for personal social & political efficacy – to be better able to apply these perspectives as life skills in living a more satisfying life as:
- a person,
- a worker, and
- a citizen.
This program is currently being developed and when completed, by the end of Spring 2017, shall include a sequence of courses designed to support you in your interest in working in the field of public service & administration, emergency management & homeland security.
These courses may be used in conjunction with other courses for a degree in Political Science [https://alameda.peralta.edu/political-science/ ], with an emphasis in public administration. The courses from which you may choose include:
- POSCI 08 Law and Democracy
- POSCI 35 Introduction to Community Violence Prevention
- POSCI 36 Applied Peacebuilding and Violence Prevention
- POSCI 31 Introduction to Public Administration
- POSCI 32 Learning Organization Governance
- POSCI 37 Transformative Social Change and Futures Studies
- POSCI 41 Service Learning
- PSYCH 34 Psychology of Resiliency, Stress Management, and
- PSYCH 29 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
- COOPED 451 Cooperative Work Experience
Other electives are in development at this time – with the course Prefix of PUAD and include a series of introductory courses in Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Response, Disaster Recovery, Hazard Mitigation, Crisis Response for Responders, Crisis Management of Special Populations, Public Information Management and Service Learning in Emergency Management.
Career opportunities for professionals in Public Administration & Emergency Management are on par with other professional fields (e.g. law, health care, education).
Examples of occupational areas Include: Government Management, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Administrative and Policy Analysis, Financial Administration, Human Resources Management, Education, Public Works and Utilities, Health, Planning and Resources Development and Administration, and Public Safety
As of 2016, our first group of COA 2+2+2 students has entered the Master of Public Administration program at CSU East Bay