Faculty teaching Public Policy courses include members of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division in the College of Arts and Sciences. Please see the schedule of classes for each academic term for specific assignments.
The interdisciplinary program in Public Policy and Political Economy studies substantive and theoretical ways in which economics and political science combine to shape public policies in various countries. Students in the major will become familiar with the theoretical approaches that political science and economics use to study and solve problems that can then be employed to frame and understand public policy issues. Public policy issues will be addressed within an individual and social values context by considering questions such as what is of value to society and its citizens? How best can those values be achieved? What tradeoffs are required when pursuing those societal values?
The program has the following educational goals:
Students majoring in Public Policy and Political Economy will acquire the analytical and practical skills that will prepare them for careers in business, law, Wall Street, or the public and/or private sector. Typical avenues after graduation will be to earn a Masters degree in Public Policy, Urban or Regional Planning; earn a J.D. degree, or an MBA; or work in the public or private sector, and enter politics. Students can also pursue graduate programs in economics or political science.
Fourteen (14) total courses are required: five (5) foundation/core courses, one (1) methodological course, two (2) citizenship and responsibility courses, five (5) substantive policy courses, and one (1) senior year experience.
Analytical Foundation for Policy and Political Economy Requirement
Complete all five (5) of the following courses:
Complete one (1) of the following courses:
Citizenship and Responsibility
Complete two (2) of the following courses:
SUBSTANTIVE POLICY AREAS
Students must complete five (5) electives. At least two electives must be from two different departments.
SENIOR YEAR EXPERIENCE
All students majoring in Public Policy and Political Economy are required to complete one senior year capstone course. This requirement may be satisfied through an independent study, a capstone seminar, or an applied internship with a mandatory policy research component. The purpose of the senior year experience is to enable students to integrate the concepts and principles from the major into a single project.
PPE 119 Contemporary Issues in Public Policy and Economics: Introduction to the intersection of economic and political ideas and processes as these relate to the creation and implementation of public policy. Possible public policy issues include public health policy, education standards, climate change and energy initiatives, immigration proposals, financial regulation and federal debt limits. No prerequisites. Can be taken by 1st year students.