Public Policy Studies is a multidisciplinary major grounded in the social sciences, with substantial inputs from economics, sociology, political science, and law, among other disciplines. The major recognizes that public issues are not neatly contained within traditional disciplinary boundaries and that analysts possessing a broad range of social scientific understanding, quantitative expertise, and communication skills are well placed to contribute to improved public policies. Public Policy involves direct contact with policy problems, ensuring that academic speculations are well-informed and connected to real-world conditions.
Core courses within the major provide an introduction to the policy world through the lens of political economy, analysis, and implementation. The practicum continues with a hands-on approach as students learn various research methods to solve real-world problems for clients in community-based organizations and government agencies. Specialization courses allow students to build on the policy core and practicum with an area of concentration that typically forms the foundation of study for the Public Policy BA thesis.