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Discrimination, Crime, and Poverty Policy

Discrimination, crime, and poverty are three major societal ills that federal, state, and local governments have sought to ameliorate through social and economic policies. This concentration investigates economic and social theories that illuminate the causes and persistence of these ills; the course work also assists students to examine and evaluate existing and potential public policies in this field.
Advisors: James Campbell, David Grusky, Milbrey McLaughlin, John Pencavel, Joan Petersilia, Rob Reich, Deborah Rhode
Below is a list of suggested courses. The list includes classes that students have taken in the past to complete this particular concentration, as well as additional classes that may be considered toward this topic. Students may choose to take other courses, though all concentration courses must be discussed with and approved by the faculty adviser whether or not they are on the suggested list. Students may also propose directed reading, Overseas Studies (BOSP), and Bing Stanford in Washington (BSIW) courses.

African & African American Studies

Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity

  • CSRE 154. Anthropology of Drugs: Experience, Capitalism, Modernity
  • CSRE 196C. Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
  • CSRE 177E. Well-Being in Immigrant Children & Youth
  • CSRE 220. Public Policy Institute



  • EDUC 103B. Race, Ethnicity, and Linguistic Diversity in Classrooms: Sociocultural Theory and Practices
  • EDUC 181. Multicultural Issues in Higher Education
  • EDUC 197. Education, Gender, and Development

Ethics in Society

Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies

  • FEMGEN 101. Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


  • HISTORY 161. The Politics of Sex: Work, Family, and Citizenship in Modern American Women's History
  • HISTORY 166. Introduction to African American History - The Modern Freedom Struggle
  • HISTORY 255D. Racial Identity in the American Imagination
  • HISTORY 262K. Straight Out of Compton - History and Culture of an Infamous American City

International Relations

  • INTNLREL 142. Challenging the Status Quo: Social Entrepreneurs Advancing Democracy, Development, and Justice

Political Science

Public Policy


  • SOC 118. Social Movements and Collective Action
  • SOC 135. Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy in the United States
  • SOC 136. Sociology of Law
  • SOC 139. American Indians in Contemporary Society
  • SOC 140. Introduction to Social Stratification
  • SOC 142. Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 145. Race and Ethnic Relations in the USA
  • SOC 149. The Urban Underclass

Stanford in Washington

Urban Studies

  • URBANST 131. VIP: Very Impactful People - Social Innovation & the Social Entrepreneur
  • URBANST 132. Concepts and Analytic Skills for the Social Sector
  • URBANST 133. Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory