Chatham University

Policy Studies Curriculum

Public Policy Major Requirements
14 courses, including:
ECN 101
Principles of Macroeconomics
3 Credits
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.
ECN 102
Principles of Microeconomics
3 Credits
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.
HIS 102
History of American Society
3 Credits
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.
HIS 275
History and Policy Analysis
3 Credits
This course illustrates how historical perspectives and methods of investigation are effective tools for assessing contemporary policy debates. The focus of the course moves from foreign-policy issues to public-policy issues in education, criminal justice, economics, and social planning.
POL 101
American Government and Public Policy
3 Credits
An examination of the major processes and institutions of American government with comparisons to Canadian government and the economic, social welfare, and environmental policies that these processes and institutions produce.
POL 202
Understanding Public Policy
3 Credits
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
POL 311
The Research Process
3 Credits
This seminar is essential for students who both use and produce scholarly research. It examines both the process and products of scholarship in the social sciences, including the following: choice of topic, development of research questions or hypotheses, retrieval of sources, preparation of a literature review, choice of appropriate methodology, and consideration of research results. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or consent of the instructor.
ECN 301
3 Credits
This course provides an introduction to the theory and application of the estimation of economic relationships. Topics include simple and multiple regression, hypothesis testing, multicollinearity, serial correlation, hetero-skedasticity, and simultaneous equation models. Students use computer software statistical packages to analyze data and test hypotheses. Prerequisite(s): ECN 101 and 102; MTH 110 or PSY 213.
MTH 110
Elementary Statistics
3 Credits
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. Prerequisite(s): Two years of college-preparatory mathematics.
POL 498
Tutorial: Political Science
4 Credits
No description available.
POL 499
Tutorial: Political Science
4 Credits
1 approved internship
1 economic analysis elective from the following:
ECN 262
Environmental Economics
3 Credits
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
ECN 374
Labor Economics
3 Credits
An examination of the economic theory of wage determination and its effects on population, collective bargaining, automation, and industrial change. Focus is on the U.S. labor market, labor-force characteristics over time, and the economic effects of union and government labor policies. Prerequisite(s): ECN 101 or 102
ECN 385
Industrial Organization and Public Policy
3 Credits
This course analyzes the structure, conduct, and performance of American industry, with an emphasis on the monopoly problem. It examines the ways in which industries become monopolized, the measurement of industrial concentration, and government policies to control monopolies (e.g., antitrust laws, regulatory commissions). Prerequisite(s): ECN 102
1 sociopolitical analysis elective from the following:
POL 213
Sex Discrimination and the Law
3 Credits
An examination of past and present sources of discrimination experienced by men and women in the United States. Consideration of evolving patterns of equal protection and due process of law in recent local, state, and federal laws and court decisions. Employment, marriage, the right to privacy, and the possible impact of equal rights amendments. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.
POL 425
Environmental Policy
3 Credits
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the theory and practice of environmental policies. The course focuses on the political and economic factors contributing to the success and failure of present environmental policies. Topics include the roles of government and the market in causing environmental problems, analysis of proposed means for resolving those problems, and the application of economic and political analyses to selected environmental issues. Cross-listed as ENV 425. Prerequisite(s): POL 101, ECN 101, ECN 102, or ENV 116; or permission of the instructor.
POL 445
Health Policy
3 Credits
This course examines health policies in the United States with comparisons to other countries. It uses a policy analysis framework to explore the formation, implementation, and outcomes of a wide variety of public policies relating to health, including professional standards and liability, costs and coverage of medical care, drug regulation, organ donation, and epidemics. Prerequisite(s): An introductory course in Economics or Political Science, or permission of the instructor.
SWK 322
Social Welfare: Women and Policy
3 Credits
This course is designed to locate and examine current issues that imopact the lives of women, to examine various policies related to these isses, and to explore methods of creating new, or modifying existing, policies and programs.
1 historical analysis elective from the following:
HIS 263
The Family in American History
3 Credits
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.
SWK 321
Social Welfare Policy I
3 Credits
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.