Public Policy Major
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.