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Public Policy in the 2012-2014 Catalog  

THE MAJOR
The Bachelor of Arts

The Public Policy major draws its theoretical foundations from a variety of disciplines including government, economics, and sociology.  Majors are trained both in the ethics of public policy making as well as in the diverse methodologies used in the field.  Because public policy is an applied field, majors take a variety of applied courses in such diverse areas as environmental studies, race and ethnic studies, women’s and gender studies, government, economics, and sociology.  Students develop a concentration that allows them to develop substantial expertise is an area of public policy analysis.  A minimum of 44 credits is required for completion of the major. 

Core Course in Public Policy Analysis (1 Course Required)
PLCY 209 Foundations of Public Policy Analysis

Foundations of Public Policy Analysis (2 Courses Required)
ECON 250 Principles of Microeconomics
and
GOVT 111 American National Government and Politics

Ethics (Minimum: 1 Course)
BUS 434 Applied Business Ethics
PHIL 120 Ethics and Social Philosophy
PHIL 331 Ethics and the Environment
PHIL 332 Foundations of Ethics
REL 120 Religion and Ethics
REL 122 Environmental Ethics
WGST 330 Feminist Ethics

Methods (Minimum: 1 Course)
GOVT 202 Applied Data Analysis in the Social Sciences
ECON 200 Introduction to Statistical Methods
ECON 300 Introduction to Econometrics
EVST 110 Introduction to Spatial Analysis and GIS
EVST 399 Research Methods for Environmental Scientists
GOVT 200 The Study of Politics
MATH 111 Elementary Statistics and Probability with Applications
PSYC 250 Statistical Methods
SOAN 300 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
SOAN 302 Quantitative Sociology
WGST 330 Feminist Research Methods

Public Policy Concentration (Minimum: 3 courses)
Majors shall develop a public policy concentration in consultation with the advisor.  The concentration shall reflect substantial depth in a single area of public policy analysis.  Concentrations must consist of a minimum of three courses with at least two courses being at the 200 level or higher. 

A program contract must be completed detailing the specific courses required for the completion of the public policy concentration.  The program contract shall be signed by both the student and the Program Director.  Contracts will be kept on file in the Program Office and in the Registrar’s Office.  All public policy concentrations must be approved by the Director. 

Samples of previously approved concentrations can be found in the Program Office.  Approved concentrations have been developed in the following areas: 

Health, Education and Welfare Policy
Environmental Policy
Economic Policy
Government and Public Policy
Law and Public Policy
Public Finance
Immigration and Civil Rights Policy
National Security Policy
Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Policy
Methods in Public Policy

Students are encouraged to develop and propose other concentrations as well.

Internship Requirement
PLCY 420 Public Policy Internship 
In order to meet the major requirements, the internship must have a University of Redlands faculty sponsor and be approved by the Director.

Capstone Experience
PLCY 460 Public Policy Capstone

THE MINOR

Completion of the minor in Public Policy requires a minimum of 24 credits in the following policy related courses:

Core Course in Public Policy Analysis (1 Course Required)
PLCY 209 Foundations of Public Policy Analysis

Foundations of Public Policy Analysis (2 Courses Required)
ECON 250 Principles of Microeconomics
and
GOVT 111 American National Government and Politics

Methods (Minimum: 1 Course)
GOVT 202 Applied Data Analysis in the Social Sciences
ECON 200 Introduction to Statistical Methods
ECON 300 Introduction to Econometrics
EVST 110 Introduction to Spatial Analysis and GIS
GOVT 200 The Study of Politics
MATH 111 Elementary Statistics and Probability with Applications
PSYC 250 Statistical Methods
SOAN 300 Research Methods in the Social Sciences
SOAN 302 Quantitative Sociology
WGST 330 Feminist Research Methods

Applied Public Policy (2 Courses Required)
Two courses selected from PLCY 3XX or Permission of Director

AP Courses:
The Public Policy program accepts AP scores of 4 or higher as credit for program requirements for both GOVT 111 and ECON 250.

Departmental Honors
Students may apply for departmental honors in the fall of the senior year. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA in the major to apply.  To successfully complete the honors requirements, students must successfully defend an Honors Thesis in Public Policy.  The defense committee shall be composed of at least two faculty members, one of whom shall be an advisory member in the Public Policy program.


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