The realm of public policy encompasses virtually all aspects of contemporary society—economic development, financial markets, health care, education, poverty, crime, the environment, technology, national security and immigration. These complex and often connected issues increasingly demand a rich and sophisticated understanding of the actions of governmental institutions and the motivations of political actors and other stakeholders in a global political environment. The nature of public policy is such that its development almost always involves non-governmental institutions and actors. Businesses, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, interest groups, academic and legal experts and the public at large all play a role in shaping public policy priorities, the public discourse about those priorities, implementation of public policies and the evaluation of policy outcomes.
A major in Public Policy prepares students for work in all types of organizations and sectors of the job market: federal, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations and private-sector corporations.
In addition to the specific major requirements described below, students must also complete the General Education Curriculum, and additional degree requirements for Arts and Sciences majors, including focused-course requirements, additional electives, modern language requirements and a Minor in Business Studies or Business Studies Major.
|Required Courses for Public Policy Major|
|Students must complete eight courses to fulfill the Public Policy major. Four of these are required:|
|GLS 230||Politics and Public Policy||3|
|GLS 405||Seminar in Government||3|
|GLS 422||Internship in Government 1||3|
|In addition, select two GLS electives from GLS 200-499||6|
|Choose two additional electives from approved courses in political science and global studies, law, economics, sociology and other departments across campus. Electives may be fulfilled by the following courses:||6|
|Economics of Regulation and Antitrust|
|International Economic Growth and Development|
|Economics of the European Union|
|Urban and Regional Economics|
|Introduction to Econometrics|
|Behavioral and Experimental Economics|
|History of Modern U.S. Foreign Policy, 1945-Present|
|Law and Society|
|Gender and the Law|
|Race and the Law|
|"Outsiders" and the Law|
|Global Health Challenges|
|Science of Environmental Policy|
|Drugs and Society|
|Diversity, Minorities and Social Change|
|Deviance and Social Control|
|Sociology of Native American Peoples|
Students who are unable to complete GLS 422 because of unusual circumstances may satisfy the requirement with an alternative GLS course approved by the Director.