Chatham University

Policy Studies Curriculum

Policy Studies is a multidisciplinary major, centered in economics, history, and political science, and draws upon the expertise of faculty in those disciplines. This major is built upon a single required core of courses, which provides students with the tools essential for a coherent understanding of and participation in policy making, as well as those tools necessary to undertake a policy-oriented tutorial. Policy Studies also integrates internships with classroom experience, and provides applied courses focused on either American policy making or policy making in a global context.

Program Requirements

+ Policy Studies

Major Requirements

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

The roles of the consumer and producer are studied in the context of the functioning of the price system in different market structures. Emphasis is placed on the factors that influence the distribution of income (rent, interest, profit, wages) in the economy and the economic influence of women and their purchase decisions in varying economies..

3
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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
OR
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
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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
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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
POL202W 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
ECN355 Economic Analysis of Public Policy

This course develops microeconomic tools of analysis for policy problems through various policy applications. The course is broadly focused on evaluating the rationale for government intervention in the economy and evaluating the efficiency and distributional effects of government policies. The course covers issues such as health care, regulation and immigration.

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
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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. Prerequisite(s): BUS105

3
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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
Tutorial 498 (4)
Tutorial 499 (4)
* the tutorial is registered in the tutor's program and focuses on a policy issue
1 approved 3-credit internship

1 economic analysis electives from the following:

ECN250 Women and Work

This course examines recent research on women, men, and work in the labor market and in the household. It applies economic concepts and analysis to study the behavior of women and men, economic institutions, and economic outcomes. Topics include the family as an economic unit, economic restructuring, occupational segregation, discrimination, and human capital. Prerequisite(s): BUS 105.

3
ECN102 Principles of Microeconomics: Decision-Making by the Firm and Consumers

The roles of the consumer and producer are studied in the context of the functioning of the price system in different market structures. Emphasis is placed on the factors that influence the distribution of income (rent, interest, profit, wages) in the economy and the economic influence of women and their purchase decisions in varying economies..

3
ECN262 Global Environmental Economics

This course focuses on the study of the relationship between economic activity and the environment. It teaches students the economic perspectives and tools for analyzing environmental problems and evaluating policy solutions. The course covers both conceptual topics and real-world applications. Cross-listed as ENV 262. Prerequisite(s): ECN 102

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. Prerequisite(s): ECN 101 or 102

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

Historical analysis electives from the following

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: Documentaries and Designs

This course examines Chinese cultural history from the late 19th century to the present, via literature and film. Political and aesthetic questions will frame our discussion of late dynastic culture, May Fourth (1920's) reforms, wartime experience, the Maoist era, and the current cultural mix on the Chinese mainland and abroad.

3
Or appropriate course substitute approved by the program director