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Government & Public Administration - Coursework and Careers

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Government affects Americans in countless ways. In a democratic society, government is the means of expressing the public will. This includes a variety of activities. In fact, virtually every occupation can be found within government. There are, however, some activities that are unique to government. The federal government defends us from foreign aggression; represents American interests abroad; deliberates, passes and enforces laws; and administers many different programs. State and local governments pass laws or ordinances and provide vital services to constituents. There are many opportunities in government in every career area. The Government and Public Administration Career Cluster focuses on those careers that are unique to government and not contained in another Career Cluster.

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Career Pathways Career Choices Tips for Successful Planning
  • Governance
  • National Security
  • Foreign Service
  • Planning
  • Revenue and Taxation
  • Regulation
  • Public Managment and Administration
  • Legislator
  • City Manager
  • Policy/Budget Analyst
  • Recreation/Parks Director
  • State/Federal Agency Director
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Take placement testing at MCC in March/April of Junior year.
  • Take ACT/SAT in spring semester of junior year of high school.
  • Meet annually with high school guidance counselor or MCC academic advisor or call (815) 479-7565.

 

Suggested Coursework

Grade English/
Language Arts
Mathematics Science Social Science Career Related
Electives
Fresh.
  • English I
  • Honors English I
  • Algebra I
  • Honors Algebra I
  • Honors Geometry
  • Biology
  • Honors Biology
  • Issues of the 21st Century
  • AP Human Geography
  • World Language I
  • Intro to Business
  • Computer Literacy
Soph.
  • English II
  • Honors English II
  • Geometry
  • Honors Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • Honors Chemistry
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Foundations of Ancient Empires
  • Development of the Modern World
  • AP World History
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language II
  • Youth & Law
  • Philosophy of Leadership
  • Business Mgmt.
  • Accounting I
  • Honors Rhetoric & Research
  • Intro to Theater
Jr.
  • English III
  • Honors American Studies - English
  • AP Lang. & Comp.
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • College Algebra with Trigonometry
  • Action Chemistry
  • Action Physics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physics
  • Forensics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics II
  • US History
  • Honors American Studies - US History
  • AP US History
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language III
  • Intro to Psychology
  • AP Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Creative Writing
  • Rhetoric Analysis of Media
  • Accounting II
Sr.
  • English IV + ½ Eng. Elective
  • Honors Cultural Studies - Eng.
  • AP Lit. & Comp.
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • Transition to College Math
  • AP Statistics
Any of the above
  • Govt. & Citizenship
  • AP Govt. & Comp. Govt.
  • Honors Cultural Studies - Govt.
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language IV
  • AP World Language

 

Career Planning

Type of Degree Degree Names
Certificate Career and Technical Education Certificates
Associate's

Career and Technical Education Associate Degrees

Transfer Associate Degrees

Transfer degrees are designed to provide students with a strong general education foundation and prerequisite coursework for continued study at a four-year college or university.

 

Sample academic plans are provided for use by students who have decided on a major but not on an intended transfer school.

 

For students who have decided on a transfer school, transfer guides are provided, showing how courses apply to specific majors at many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities.

Bachelor's

Government and Public Administration

A few examples of baccalaureate majors related to this Career Cluster include the following:

  • Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Urban and Regional Planning

There are many Illinois colleges and universities that offer programs related to these areas of study. To see a full list, please refer to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) website.