Policy Studies CurriculumPolicy Studies is designed to introduce students to policy making in public or private domains. It provides an appropriate foundation for students interested in public service, either in elected office or in government agencies, as well as students interested in non-governmental policy organizations. It serves as a base for graduate work in public policy and law, as well as more traditional academic fields.
17 courses, including:
ECN101 Principles of Macroeconomics: The U.S. Economy in the World
The concepts of national income and output are analyzed, and emphasis is placed on factors that influence the levels of economic activity, unemployment, and inflation, including fiscal and monetary policy and the role of international economics.
3 ECN102 Principles of Microeconomics: Decision-Making by the Firm and Consumers
Microeconomics is the study of how households and firms make decisions and how they interact in specific markets. Students are introduced to the basic concepts and tools that economists use to understand how the economy works. This course is designed to increase economic literacy through acquiring core knowledge about economics.
3 HIS100 Introduction to World History
This course is an introduction to world history from the rise of civilization to the present. It establishes and compares major themes in the leading civilizations of today’s world. It investigates the development of the modern world system and interpretations of its impact on these civilizations.
3 HIS102 Introduction to American History
This course examines significant areas in the development of American society from the Colonial period to the present. It focuses particularly on the issues of gender, class, race, religion, politics, and ideology to provide students with the grounding in those areas crucial to understanding today's society.
3 POL100 Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to politics, policies, and political institutions outside of the United States. Includes concepts such as electoral systems, party systems, parliamentary and presidential systems, democratization, and political change in both Western and non-Western settings.
3 OR POL101 American Government and Public Policy
This course provides an introduction to the principles and practices of government, federalism, with special attention to the policy process, political participation and selected political issues in the United States.
3 POL202 Understanding Public Policy
This course introduces students to the concepts and tools used in the analysis of public policies, and uses these concepts and tools to examine public policies in the United States and other industrial democracies. Prerequisite(s): POL 100 or 101
3 BUS110 Business Statistics
This course introduces essential research tools in business. Topics include descriptive statistics of central tendency and variability and hypotheses testing statistical analysis using correlation, analysis of variance, and regression. Problems use applications from business cases, marketing research, and economic policy.
3 OR MTH110 Elementary Statistics
Topics include statistical measures and distributions, decision making under uncertainty, application of probability to statistical inference, linear correlation, introduction to nonparametric statistical methods, and application to problems drawn from the natural and social sciences. Three hours of class per week. Three hours of class per week.
3 ECN355 Economic Analysis of Public Policy
This course focuses on evaluating the rationale for government intervention in the economy and evaluating the efficiency, incentive, and distributional effects of government policies. Policies’ impacts on issues such as how best to protect intellectual property, improve airline safety or control illegal immigration are also analyzed.
3 POL311W Selected Topics in Social Science Research
The course introduces methods and approaches used to describe, explain, and evaluate social science research. Students will get an introduction to an instructor chosen research topic. Students will learn to formulate questions, create a literature review, gather and evaluate evidence and provide feedback on outside research concerning the selected course topic. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of the instructor.
3 POL490 Integrative Capstone
The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional. The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience. Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.
3 *The Integrative Capstone is registered in the instructor’s program and focuses on a policy issue. 1 approved 3-credit internship (INTPOL, INTECN, INTHIS 303) 1 economic analysis electives from the following: ECN250 Women and Work
This course examines work the labor market and in the household. It applies economic analysis to study individual behavior, economic institutions, and economic outcomes. Topics include the family as an economic unit, economic restructuring, occupational segregation, discrimination, and human capital. This course fulfills a women general education mission course requirement.
3 ECN358W Economic Development
An examination of the factors accounting for economic growth and development of modern economically developed nations and less-developed areas. A review of the problems encountered in initiating and sustaining the process of economic development. Major policy issues are discussed. This course fulfills a global general education mission course requirement.
3 ECN262 Global Environmental Economics
This course examines the economic perspectives and tools for analyzing environmental problems and evaluating policy solutions. The course covers both conceptual topics and real-world applications. Course discussions reflect the global nature of environmental problems and solutions. Cross-listed as ENV 262. This course fulfills an environmental general education mission course requirement.
3 ECN351 International Trade and Finance
An introduction to international trade and finance, and an examination of the structure of international trade and the functioning of the international monetary system. Attention is given to recent issues in these areas and the relationship between the domestic and international economies.
3 Or appropriate course substitute approved by the program director 2 sociopolitical analysis electives from the following: POL219W International Organizations
This course examines the role of international organizations in world politics, including how and why the network of organized international institutions developed and what they contributed to managing such issues as military conflict, political change, and economic stability. Prerequisite(s): POL 104
3 POL262 Women and Politics
Does gender make a difference in politics? Are women different from men in their political behavior? Do women contribute different norms, rules, and outcomes within political institutions? Students become familiar with the literature on, and conduct research projects in a specific aspect of, women's involvement in politics. Prerequisite(s): POL 101 or permission of the instructor.
3 POL300 The U.S. Congress
This course examines the functions, rules, customs, and procedures of the US Congress. Topics include the relationship between the legislative branch and other governmental institutions, including the rleatinoship between Congress, the electorate, and interest groups. Students will also explore the committee system and the leadership structure. Prerequisite(s): POL101 or permission of the instructor.
3 POL302 Ethnic Conflict
This course is designed to introduce students to theories about the sources of nationalist and ethnic conflict and strategies that have been used to manage these conflicts. In the first part of class we will examine sources of ethnic identity and how governments have attempted to reinforce or deemphasize those identites. second, we will examine how domestic factors have and have not worked to suppress ethnic conflict. Finally, we wille xamine how the international community or other third parties ahve attempted to bring about the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
3 POL319 Politics of the European Union
This course is designed to introduce students to the political, economic and social transformation of the European Union. Students will gain an understanding of the historical evolution of the EU, the institutional design of the EU, the major policy areas governed by the EU and major issues facing the expansion of EU in the near future.
3 POL324 U.S. Foreign Policy
This course examines the diverse factors that influence the formulation and implementation of American foreign policy. This entails the study of three components: the composition of governmental institutions involved in the policy-making process; the societal forces affecting foreign policy; and the changes in the global environment, which present new challenges to the foreign policy process. To this end, the course examines several issues, including the dominant patterns of continuity and change in foreign policy, the ability of the president to govern in foreign affairs, and the tension inherent between the needs of democracy and national security concerns. Prerequisite(s): POL 104 or permission of the instructor.
3 SWK322W Social Welfare: Women and Policy
This course is designed to examine current issues and policies that impact the lives of women and to explore methods of creating or modifying policies. This course wil utilize a comparative policy framework to explore the strengths and weaknesses of current interventions regarding their promotion of social and economic justice.
3 Or appropriate course substitute approved by the program director 2 historical analysis electives from the following: HIS216 Rise of the Third World
The emergence of Third-Worldism after 1945 is the central historical development of the twentieth century. The Afro-Asian movement namely aimed at recasting the historical initiative away from implacable colonialist powers. This course focuses on the analysis of doctrines and models that have collectively marked the rise of the Third World.
3 HIS228 Recent African History
Western media typically paints a catastrophic view of Africa with stories of conflicts, environmental degradation, horrendous sanitary conditions, and their corollaries. Are the positive trends regarding economic growth, democratization, and endogenous creativity bring overlooked? The course tackles this question while offering opportunities to gain substantial, practical knowledge about contemporary Africa.
3 HIS247 American Environmental History
Environmental history examines human interaction with their environment over time, a relationship shaped by cultures and political economies. In US history, there have been competing ideologies of capitalist exploitation, conservationism, preservationism, and sustainability. The course will also introduce students to different facets and methods of environmental history.
3 HIS342 Post/Modern China: Digital Storytelling
An examination of Chinese cultural history from early 1900s to early 2000s, via literature and film, with training in digital storytelling techniques. Discussion of this dramatic national narrative framed by political and aesthetic considerations. Our interpretation and transmission of these narratives framed also by ethics and efficacy.
3 Or appropriate course substitute approved by the program director