The new Public Policy graduate program will launch in January 2018.  The degree requires completion of 36 total credits: 21 in the core, 9 in concentration, and 6 in internship or thesis courses.

Required Core Courses (21 credits):

  • American Public Policy (new course)
  • Writing and Communication for Public Policy (new course)
  • Political Economy
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Budget and Finance for the Public Sector (new course)
  • Community Based Research
  • Policy Analysis

Concentration (choose a concentration and take 9 credits): 

  • Food and Agriculture –agriculture and food production, security, and distribution policy issues
  • Community and International Development – socio-economic development, including domestic and international policy issues
  • Sustainability and Environment –sustainability questions and environmental questions and policy issues  

Capstone (choose one option and take 6 credits): 

Working with faculty advisors, students will choose to complete a thesis, internship, or professional project (with an elective)

  • Thesis Option – Appropriate for those considering further graduate study, students will research and present on a topic selected in consultation with faculty and their committee. Thesis students will apply the research methods learned during the coursework.
  • Internship Option – Completion of a 200-hour (minimum) internship with a policy organization, including completion and presentation of a reflective paper demonstrating the transdisciplinarity of the program. 
  • Professional Project – For those employed, the professional project includes completion of an applied, policy project and 1 additional 3-credit elective.