Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy
The Public Policy undergraduate major develops the skills necessary for understanding the political constraints faced by policy makers, assessing the performance of alternative approaches to policy implementation, evaluating the effectiveness of policies, and appreciating the sharp conflicts in fundamental human values that often animate the policy debate.
There are four course elements to the major: preparatory, core, concentration, and senior capstone. Freshman and sophomore year are generally devoted to completing preparatory courses offered in Economics, Math, and Psychology. After completing core courses during the junior year, students apply these skills by focusing their studies in one of several areas of concentration. The areas of concentration address a specific field of public policy, types of institutions, or a deeper development of the tools of policy analysis. Seniors may complete the senior capstone either by participating in a Practicum, a team policy research project for an outside client, or by writing an honors thesis.
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