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Public Policy Minor

Semester Requirements

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

The public policy minor provides students with a foundation in the field of public policy and allows them to make connections between public policy and other fields of study. Students select one of two tracks within the minor. The policy issues track develops a broad perspective on public policy and its relationship to other fields. The policy analysis track highlights the analytical tools used by the policy analyst to evaluate and understand policy formulation and impacts. Both tracks explore contemporary public policy issues, especially those connected to the science and technology fields. This minor underscores the role of public policy on science and technology-based problems. Students will obtain a deeper understanding of what public policy is and how it is integrated within a number of specific contexts. This minor is closed to students majoring in public policy.

Course
Required Courses
STSO-510 Seminar in Science, Technology and Society
Plus one of the following:
   PUBL-101    Foundations of Public Policy
   PUBL-120    Contemporary Issues in Public Policy 
   STSO-201    Science and Technology Policy  
Electives
Choose three of the following:
   PUBL-101    Foundations of Public Policy*
   PUBL-120    Contemporary Issues in Public Policy*
   PUBL-201    Ethics, Values and Public Policy
   PUBL-210    Introduction to Qualitative Methods
   PUBL-301    Public Policy Analysis
   PUBL-302    Decision Analysis 
   PUBL-489    Special Topics in Public Policy
   PUBL-510    Technology Innovation and Public Policy
   PUBL-520    Information and Communication Policy
   PUBL-530    Energy Policy
   STSO-201    Science and Technology Policy*
   STSO-240    Social Consequences of Technology
   STSO-330    Energy and the Environment
   STSO-341    Biomedical Issues
   STSO-421    Environmental Policy
   STSO-489    Special Topics in STS

 * Students may take this course as an elective if it was not chosen as one of their required courses.

 

Please note: At least one of the elective courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

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The purpose of this minor is to provide students with a foundation in the field of public policy and allow them to make connections between public policy and other fields of study. Students are allowed to select one of two tracks within the minor. The first track, policy issues, develops a broad perspective on public policy and its relationship to other fields. The second track, policy analysis, highlights the analytical tools used by the policy analyst to evaluate and understand policy formulation and impacts. Both tracks explore contemporary public policy issues, especially those connected to the science and technology fields. This minor underscores the role of public policy on science and technology-based problems. Through the minor, students obtain a deeper understanding of what public policy is and how it is integrated within a number of specific contexts.

Policy issues track
Required Courses:
0521-400 Foundations of Public Policy
Plus one of the following:
    0521-460 Capstone: Public Policy Minor*
    0508-530 Seminar in Science, Technology, and the Environment*

Electives—Choose three of the following:
0508-441 Science and Technology Policy
0508-484 Environmental Policy
0508-540 Science and Technology Policy Seminar‡
0513-455 Politics and Public Policy*
0515-413 Urban Planning and Policy
0515-451 Technology Transfer and Globalization*
0521-401 Values and Public Policy*
0521-406 Introduction to Qualitative Analysis*
0521-408 Technological Innovation and Public Policy*
0521-410 Information and Communication Policy*
0521-449 Special Topics in Public Policy†
0521-451 Energy Policy

Policy analysis track
Required Courses:
0521-400 Foundations of Public Policy
0521-402 Policy Analysis I*
0521-403 Policy Analysis II*
0521-404 Policy Analysis III*

Electives—Choose one of the following courses:
0508-441 Science and Technology Policy
0508-484 Environmental Policy
0508-540 Science and Technology Policy Seminar‡
0515-413 Urban Planning and Policy
0521-401 Values and Public Policy
0521-406 Introduction to Qualitative Analysis*
0521-408 Technological Innovation and Public Policy*
0521-410 Information and Communication Policy*
0521-449 Special Topics in Public Policy†
0521-451 Energy Policy

* Students should check the prerequisites or co-requisites for these courses.

† Topics may vary.

‡ Prerequisite: Science and Technology Policy (0508-441), Environmental Policy (0508-484), or Foundations of Public Policy (0521-400).