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

+ Global 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
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
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
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
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
POL210 Politics Through Film

POLITICS THROUGH FILM

3
POL311 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

Tutorial 498 (4)
Tutorial 499 (4)
    *The tutorial is registered in the tutor's program and focuses on a global policy issue.

1 approved 3-credit internship

2 economic analysis electives from the following:

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
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
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 historical analysis electives from the following:

HIS231 History of the British Empire

History of the British Empire examines the historical narratives relating to imperialism, ethnocentrism, military aggressions, colonization, acculturation, repression of revolt, technological diffsuion, intellectual outreach, and cross-cultural fertilization from the beginning of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in 1558 to the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

3
HIS301 The Middle East and the United States

This course examines the history of the modern Middle East and how U.S. foreign policy has shaped that history from 1945 to the present. It explores official U.S. policy toward the Middle East and the policies of Middle Eastern countries toward the United States, but also tries to understand U.S.-Middle East relations in cultural, economic, and social terms. Prerequisite(s):(s): Any 200-level history course or permission of the instructor.

3
HIS302 The Global Cold War

This course examines the Cold War from a global perspective. It balances its analysis of the actions of various nation-states with analysis of the impact of the Cold War on ordinary people. It pays special attention to 233 diplomatic and military actions, social and cultural changes, evolving global trade patterns, popular uprisings, and revolutions. Prerequisite(s):(s): Any 200-level history course or permission of the instructor.

3
HIS401 History of Pan-Africanism

This course examines the birth and development of the ideology that promoted a universal approach to the rehabilitation of the philosophical traditions, need for self-respect, political consciousness, and aspirations for transatlantic unity among Black people between the 1770s to the end of the 20TH century. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level history course or permission of the instructor.

3
HIS426 The Arab-Israeli Conflict

This course examines the origins and issues of conflict between the Arabs and Israelis over Palestine. Using extensive primary materials and some secondary sources, the arguments of all sides of the conflict are presented and evaluated. While the core conflict between Palestinians and Israelis is emphasized, the role of regional and world powers also is examined. Prerequisite(s): HIS 242 or permission of the instructor.

3
Or appropriate course substitute approved by the program director

2 political analysis electives from the following:

POL219 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
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
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
POL222 Government and Politics of Eastern Europe

This course is designed to introduce students to the political, economic and social transformation of post-communist Central and Eastern Europe. Students will gain an understanding of the institutional design of these countries, the manner in which political transition has developed in the region and major issues facing the region in the near future.

3
POL330 International Human Rights Law

This seminar evaluates the process of litigating human rights violations before international and national courts and special tribunals. We examine the rules of jurisprudence to ascertain the judicial bodies' roles in promoting (or underming) justice and fostering reconciliation (or intensifying tension) in post-conflict societies. Prerequisite(s): POL101 or POL205 or permission of the instructor.

3

Or appropriate course substitute approved by the program director

+ Public Policy

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
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
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
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
POL311 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
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
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

Tutorial 498 (4)
Tutorial 499 (4)
    *The tutorial is registered in the tutor's program and focuses on a domestic policy issue.

1 approved 3-credit internship

2 economic analysis electives from the following:

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
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
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:

POL225 U.s. Foreign Policy

UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY R PERM

3
POL407 Minority Groups and the Law

An examination of the past and present impact of law and law enforcement on minorities in the United States. Differential treatment based on characteristics such as health, age, language, and race are examined in statutory, administrative, and judicial settings, as well as in the context of issues such as employment and sentencing discrimination or the right of access to education and other public services. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing

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
SWK322 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:

HIS402 Gender and the Family in America

In every era the family has served as a basic human institution, but it has always been subject to other forces in society, such as religion, politics, and the economy. This course traces the history of the American family from the antebellum period to the twentieth century. It examines changes in relationships within the family (parents/children, husbands/wives) and the changing role of the family in society. Particular attention will be paid to the role of the family in defining gender roles and the effects of other institutions upon the family. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level history course or permission of the instructor.

3
HIS302 The Global Cold War

This course examines the Cold War from a global perspective. It balances its analysis of the actions of various nation-states with analysis of the impact of the Cold War on ordinary people. It pays special attention to 233 diplomatic and military actions, social and cultural changes, evolving global trade patterns, popular uprisings, and revolutions. Prerequisite(s):(s): Any 200-level history course or permission of the instructor.

3
HIS215 Ind & the Working Class in Europe & America

This course seeks to understand who built America, under what conditions they labored, and to understand their hopes, dreams, and stuggles to create a better future for themselves and their families. The couse traces the historical development of the American working class from colonial times to the present. Particular attention is given to the formation of working class political and economic orgaizations and their impact on American history.

3
SWK321 Social Welfare and Social Justice

This course examines the history, development, context, and current status of the American social welfare system. The American system is compared with policies and programs in other countries. The specifics of major welfare programs such as Social Security and Temporary Aid to Needy Families are explored.

3
Or appropriate course substitute approved by the program director