Chatham University

Policy Studies Curriculum

Global 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 100
Introduction to World History
3 Credits
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.
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. Three hours of class per week.

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 351
International Trade and Finance
3 Credits
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
ECN 358
Economic Development
3 Credits
An examination of the economic and noneconomic factors accounting for the economic growth and development of modern economically developed nations and less-developed areas of the world. A review of the problems encountered in initiating and sustaining the process of economic development. Various theories of economic development and major policy issues are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): ECN 101 or 102
1 historical analysis elective from the following:
HIS 222
Europe in the 20th Century
3 Credits
The impact of World War I on Europe, the crisis of democracy and rise of totalitarian ideologies in the interwar period, and the decline of European influence in the world after World War II provide the focal points of the course. It then explores the slow resurgence of Europe, prospects for European unity, and revived European influence in international relations as a "third force."
HIS 241
History of Islam, 600-1500
3 Credits
This course is a historical examination of classical Islamic civilization: its origins, nature, and development. Special attention is given to the religion of Islam and the contributions of Arabs, Persians, and Turks to Islamic civilization. Cross-listed as REL 241.
HIS 242
The Modern Middle East, 1500-Present
3 Credits
After examining the forces shaping the modern Middle East, the course studies the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire, Western impact, and responses to it. Origins and development of nation-states, Arab search for independence and political community, the struggle for Palestine, inter-Arab rivalry. and the prospects for future stability also are examined.
HIS 426
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
3 Credits
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.
1 political analysis elective from the following:
International Organizations
3 Credits
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
POL 324
U.S. Foreign Policy
3 Credits
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.
POL 419
European Integration
3 Credits
The development of the European Union (EU) has been the significant political and economic force in post-war Europe. This course examines the historical conditions in which the EU was formed, the development and expansion of its institutions and policies, its relationship within the U.S., and its expansion into much of Eastern Europe.

Prerequisite(s): POL 104 or permission of 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.