2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Policy Studies, BA


William D. Coplin
Director, Policy Studies Program
102 Maxwell Hall
Email: wdcoplin@syr.edu


Robert Bifulco, Jr., Leonard Burman, Julia L. Carboni, Carmen E Carrion Flores William D. Coplin, Renee de Nevers, Colleen M. Heflin, Zachary Huitink, Andrew London, Tina Nabatchi, Arthur Paris, Kristen Patel, Sarah B. Pralle, Ying Shi, Peter Wilcoxen, Jamie L. Winders, Austin L. Zwick

The major introduces students to historical, social, economic, and political factors shaping contemporary public policy issues. Students develop an expertise in a public policy area of their choice that provides a broad range of scholarly perspectives.

Students also acquire practical skills by studying policy issues through coursework in the Policy Studies Program, other departments in the Maxwell School and in the College of Arts and Sciences, Sport and Human Dynamics, Management, School of Education, Visual and Performing Arts and Newhouse. Students develop skills in social science research, computer applications, data collection and analysis, written and oral communications, interpersonal relations, planning, management, and problem solving. These skills are needed to obtain desirable entry-level positions in business, government, and the non-profit sector. They also serve as excellent preparation for admission to leading law schools and public, business, and health administration, as well as other graduate programs. The skills are also essential for participating effectively as a citizen in today’s world.

Several of the required major courses involve internships and policy-related field work. An integral part of the policy studies major is the completion of a research project for a government agency or community organization. This study is frequently used by graduates to display their talents to prospective employers and graduate schools. A practicum is also required in which students do applied research. Students complete no less than 6 and as many as 15 credits in community-based coursework.

Students take 70 percent of their coursework in a core that develops basic skills and covers essential concepts. The other 30 percent of coursework is a series of electives chosen by students to fit their policy interests.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Apply problem-solving techniques to ameliorate societal problems

2. Describe how public policy is implemented

3. Collect information in a variety of ways

4. Use computer programs to analyze quantitative data

5. Communicate effectively in verbal and written modes

6. Demonstrate ability to work effectively on team projects

7. Explain the causes and policies of societal problems in at least one area

Major Requirements

Students are required to take a 21-credit core and a 9-credits of electives numbered 300 or above.