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Public Policy Minor

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. The minor underscores the role of public policy on science and technology-based problems. Students obtain a deeper understanding of public policy and the policy making process, how policy analysis impacts policymaking, and how public policies operate within a number of specific science or technological domains. This minor is closed to students majoring in public policy.

Course
Required Courses
Choose five of the following:
   PUBL-101    Foundations of 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-363    Cybersecurity Policy and Law
   PUBL-455    Comparative Public Policy
   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-421    Environmental Policy

* Students must select one of the three electives courses as their required course. The remaining courses may be taken as electives.

† Students must choose four elective courses to bring the total number of courses to five. Students may accomplish this by choosing electives from among the required courses and the elective courses. 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).