Senior Thesis Projects in Public Policy

Each academic experience builds toward your senior thesis project. It’s required for graduation, and our students tell us that while it’s demanding, it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Here are some thesis projects in Public Policy:

"Creative Environmental Planning: Its Elements and Constraints" by Jennifer Hurst Thorner

"The Concept of Representation: Normative and Empirical Considerations" by Stephen Duprey

"Planned Unit Development: A Community Within a Community" by Erica Gellman

"A Framework for Environmentally Balanced Policy Making" by Pat Moscatello

"The Florida Public Interest Research Group" by Craig Blakeley

"Drink to the Bird: A Black Conspectus of Ralph McGill" by Leon Hicks

"From 'Common Sense' to COMSAT: Mass Communications Policy and American Media" by Bruce Jacobs

"Public Policy and the Government Corporation" by Edwin Malet

"New Detroit, Incorporated . . . A Viable Force in Urban Decision Making?" by Beverly A. Brown

"Things We Dreamt We Died For': A Study of the Attitudes and Experiences of American Soldiers in Vietnam Through Content Analysis of Their Poetry and the Implications of Such Findings for decisionmakers" by Janet Weisenford

"Quality of Life in Cities: An Exploration Through Objective and Subjective Indicators" by Steve Linsey

"A Fiscal Policy for Reindustrialization" by Seth Barron Lipsay

"Small Local Governments in Florida: Mayor Versus Manager" by Tami Beller

"Anticipate the System: A Public Policy Study" by Joseph Milton Hayden

"Dynamics of Organization: Authority Patterns and Organizational Development" by W. C. Schulz, III

"A New Role for the Arts, Directed by the National Endowment for the Arts: A Political History of Government Support of the Arts" by May Jean Wu

"EPA: Discretionary Power and the Obfuscation of Social Choice" by Teri Donaldson

"Bicycle Policy of Sarasota" by  Ernest P. Lasche, III

"Technical Imperatives in Progressive Politics: Frankenstein's Revenge" by Austin Eric Works

"The Role of Bureaucracy in the Income Tax Legislative Process" by Bryan Flood

"Control Over Technologies" by Lawrence H. Moose

"Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC): An Examination of the History and Future of AFDC in America" by Susan Jane Sapoznikoff

"Drug Control, Organizations, and Politics" by Wiebke Breuer

"Between the Market and the State: Between the Market and the State: for the United States" by Jonathan C. H. Tucker

"American Health Care Delivery: Efficiency is Not Equity" by Arnoldo Bertoncini

"Evaluating the Validity of Self-Esteem Enhancement Programs in the Public School System" by Amy Hank

"Techniques in Conflict Science, Technology, and the Courts in American Public Policy" by Adam Stone

"Environmental Infrastructure on then United States-Mexico Border: The Case of Ambos Nogales" by Crystal Calarusse

"United States Support for Plan Columbia" by James Burgdorf

"The Labour Party's Policy of Asymmetrical Devolution to Gain Scottish Electoral Support: An Answer to Why Labour Devolved Differing Levels of Institutional Power to Wales and Scotland in 1999" by Tina Marie Roberts

"The United States and Canada: A Health Care System Comparison" by Kelly Miller

"Unorthodox Lawmaking and the Decline of Social Insurance in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003" by Sydney Nash

"Read To Me! Parent-Child Book-Reading and Early Literacy Intervention Programs" by Corianne "Corrie" Etheredge

"Resource Inequities in U.S. Public K-12 Education" by Logan Bartholomew

"Crime and Power in America: Understanding Criminal Power Networks" by Stephen P. Henley

"Into Thin Air: The Stealth Bomber and the Politics of Defending America" by Jennifer Eileen Gorn

"Gas & Bloating: Federal Fuel Economy Regulation and Organizational Uncertainty in the U. S. Automobile Industry" by Michael A. Rothbaum

"Economic Efficiency and Environmental Law: Goal, Technique and Gospel" by Janet E. Bowman

"What Choice Do We Have? A Critical Inquiry Into the Theory and Practice of Public School Choice" by E. Juliana Paré

"The 'Bureaucratic Dilemma' in China: The Iron Law of Oligarchy Versus Mass Participation and Mao Zedong's Delegitimation of the Chinese Communist Party" by Kayla Drogosz

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