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Public Policy Concentration

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
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This concentration provides students with a clear understanding of public policy, the policy process, and policy analysis. Students have the opportunity to develop perspectives on a variety of contemporary public policy issues, especially those that emerge from scientific and technological advancements. At the heart of the concentration is the Foundations of Public Policy (0521-400) course, where students are introduced to the concept of public policy and the policy making process. The roles of stakeholders and interest groups are discussed in the context of contemporary cases in various policy arenas. Students are also introduced to some of the methodologies associated with policy analysis. Additional courses are offered from the areas of sociology; political science; and science, technology, and society. Policy Analysis I and II (0521-402, 403) are offered especially for students who are considering the MS in public policy or who have an interest in analytical tools.

Required course:
0521-400 Foundations of Public Policy

Electives—Choose two of the following:
0508-441 Science and Technology Policy
0508-484 Environmental Policy
0508-530 Seminar in Science, Technology, and the Environment*
0508-540 Science and Technology Policy Seminar*
0513-455 Politics and Public Policy*
0515-413 Urban Planning and Policy
0515-451 Transfer Technology and Globalization*
0521-401 Values and Public Policy*
0521-402 Policy Analysis I*
0521-403 Policy Analysis II*
0521-404 Policy Analysis III*
0521-406 Introduction to Qualitative Analysis*
0521-408 Technological Innovation and Public Policy*
0521-410 Information and Communications Policy*
0521-449 Special Topics in Public Policy†
0521-451 Energy Policy

* These courses have prerequisites or co-requisites.

† Topics will vary.