The Public Policy undergraduate major the develops the skills necessary to assess the performance of alternative approaches to policy implementation, evaluate the effectiveness of policies, understand the political constraints faced by policy makers, and appreciate the conflicts in fundamental human values that often animate policy debates.
As an interdisciplinary program, the major includes coursework in economics and quantitative methods, political science, law, philosophy, ethics, organizational behavior, and social psychology. It is composed of four main components: preparatory, core, concentration, and senior capstone. The preparatory courses provide a strong foundation in economics, math, and psychology while the core delves deeper into policy implmentation and evaluation. Students apply the skills gained in those classes in one of several areas of concentration. The concentration addresses a specific field of public policy, various types of institutions, or a deeper development of the tools of policy analysis. Seniors go on to complete the capstone either by participating in a practicum, a team policy research project for an outside client, and/or by writing an honors thesis.
The undergraduate major in Public Policy prepares students to participate effectively in policy and political discussion as citizens and as para-professionals in a variety of fields, to fill entry-level positions in policy research projects and organizations, and to pursue graduate studies in law, management, the health professions, and a variety of academic disciplines, including economics and political science.
Science, Technology, and Society
Provides students with an interdisciplinary framework through which to understand the complex interactions of science, technology and the social world.
Offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human beings from biological, behavioral, social, and cultural perspectives.
Explore how global, regional and domestic factors influence relations between actors on the world stage.
Modern Thought and Literature
Students who have a background in literature and/or cultural studies can apply for this individualized co-term.