Degree:
B.A.
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Program Options:
Special Concentration

Wondering how society might mitigate climate change, eliminate poverty, address immigration, or provide affordable health care?  Our Public Policy AOC is ideal for students who want to acquire the skills to analyze policy and policymaking and be an effective agent of change.

About the Public Policy Area of Concentration

Students declare Public Policy as a special AOC and work with a faculty mentor to design a plan of study that matches their specific interests and goals. The AOC is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the major public policy issues facing society. The goal is to allow students to examine policy problems within a non-partisan, objective framework, and to formulate effective policy solutions to such problems. Policy issues are inherently multi-faceted, and, as a result, require an array of analytical tools to understand. Economic factors and the political process are fundamental to policy issues, and thus the disciplines of political science and economics constitute the core of the Public Policy AOC.

Beyond the courses and tutorials students plan with their mentors, many of our students complete internships or work in organizations to gain the experience needed not only to understand but also to participate in the policy process. Each student’s program of study culminates in a senior project under close guidance of a faculty member. Our program is particularly useful to students who wish to go into government service, law, nonprofit advocacy, the private sector in a policy-heavy field, journalism, and graduate school.

Recent Courses

  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Public Finance – Government Expenditures
  • Public Finance – Taxation
  • Introduction to American Politics
  • Power and Public Policy

Career Pathways

  • Urban Planning
  • Social Services
  • Communications 
  • Diplomacy
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Nonprofit Administration

Pre-Law Program

In an effort to share valuable resources and create strong connections between students, the pre-law program is designed for students interested in pursuing a legal career. Pre-Law Professional Program

Contact Us

Frank Alcock

Professor of Political Science & Environmental Studies, Director of Academic Initiatives & Special Projects
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Political Science
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Public Policy

Public Policy Faculty

Frank Alcock Professor of Political Science & Environmental Studies
Director of Academic Initiatives & Special Projects
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Richard Coe Professor of Economics
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Economics Public Policy Finance
Tracy Collins Associate Professor of Economics
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Economics Public Policy Finance
Keith Fitzgerald Associate Professor of Political Science
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Political Science Public Policy
Sarah Hernandez Associate Professor of Sociology & Caribbean and Latin American Studies
Co-Director of the Initiative on Diversity and Equity in Academics
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Public Policy Sociology
Barbara Hicks Social Science Division Chair
Professor of Political Science
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Political Science Public Policy
Tarron Khemraj Professor of Economics and International Studies
William and Marie Selby Chair
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Jack Reilly Associate Professor of Political Science
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