Study Public Policy… and don’t wait to change your world

Are you unsatisfied with the policy choices presented by candidates for public office in this election season? Concerned about global climate change, racial and economic inequality, health care costs, immigration, and refugees, or even your growing student loan debt? Then major or minor in Public Policy, and learn how to be a change-maker.

Why Study Public Policy?

  • To get a job
  • To get informed
  • To get ahead

Fall 2017  Courses in Public Policy

PA 100 – Individual Action and Democratic Citizenship
Enhances understanding of the role of the individual as democratic citizen in shaping policy issues and outcomes in today?s world. Individual and Society course.

PA 210 – Introduction to Policy Process
Public policy and the policymaking process. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ENGL 161. US Society course.        

PA 211 – Policy Analysis and Alternatives
Policy analysis and approaches to assessing policy problems and alternatives in the U.S. context. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ENGL 161. US Society course.

PA 230 – Nonprofit organizations in US Society
Provides a basic introduction to the U.S. nonprofit sector and examines the social, political, and economic impact of these organizations in American society. US Society course.     

PA 231 – The American Safety Net
Provides a basic introduction to social welfare policy in the United States, examines the history of social welfare policies and programs in the US, and explores American cultural values and attitudes. US Society course.          

PA 240 – Environmental Policy
Provides an introduction to political, economic and social dimensions of environmental policy and teaches methods needed to understand, evaluate, design and implement environment policies, especially in the United States. Course Information: Previously listed as PA 310. US Society course.     

PA 300 – Introduction to Urban Policy Processes
Basic structure of the policy process within the urban context including the nature of urban policy, its formulation, evaluation, and implementation. Emphasis on state and local policy development as it relates to urban areas. Course Information: Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Policy or Urban Studies and college-level Microeconomics; or consent of the instructor.       

PA 303 – Bureaucracy and the Policy Process
Personnel management, organizing, budgeting, finance, leadership, motivation, economic development, accountability, ethics, legal and constitutional foundations. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Policy or Urban Studies; or consent of the instructor.        

PA 405 – Evaluating Policies and Programs
This course is designed to introduce students to research methods used in the social sciences to evaluate public programs.

PA 490 – Field Experience
Students work in an organization such as a government agency, community group, or non-profit organization. Students are required to submit written work and meet with the professor on periodic basis to review work experience. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. A maximum of 4 hours of credit may be applied to the Master of Public Administration program. Field work required. Students who have no prior work experience in the public or non-profit sectors are strongly recommended to register for this course. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing required; and admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.