Public Policy

Fadia Joseph, Director

The Public Policy Program offers a two-year program of study leading to an Associ­ate’s degree in Public Policy and a four year program leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies. The Public Policy Program is designed for para-professional and entry-level government and social-service workers who are also active in community, civic, and voluntary organizations. The program prepares students for advancement in careers in social services, urban planning, and a variety of government agencies as well as community-based organizations. Many of our students also work in private industry.

Public Policy refers to decisions the government makes. Public Policy students learn about the role and impact of government decisions on healthcare, housing, education, jobs, crime, and drugs in urban areas. What are the policies? Who makes the poli­cies? Who is affected by the policies? These are questions that public policy students analyze. Students also learn how they can play a greater role in the decision-making process that sets policies for their communities. Many are community activists or become community activists through their participation in the Program. The Program takes pride in implementing the University’s mission through its curriculum which en­courages its students to become “men and women for others.”

All candidates must apply directly to the Public Policy Program for admission. Can­didates for admission must have a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED). Transfer students will be considered for admission. Only courses in which the grade was a 2.0 (C) or better may be considered for transfer.

Requirements for Public Policy Major Degree of Associate of Arts

This is a cohort-based program.  Core requirements are included in the Course List below.

First Year Courses

Select one of the following:6
Introduction to English Composition
and Introduction to English Composition II
Introduction to English Composition
and Introduction to English Composition II
MA-102Mathematics for the Humanities I3
or MA-105 Elementary Applied Mathematics
PO-100Perspectives on Politics3
or SO-121 Introduction to Sociology
UR-151The Contemporary City3
UR-308Analysis of Urban Social Class3
UR-412Ethnicity and Race in Urban History3
UR-451Social Issues in Public Policy I3
UR-452Social Issues in Public Policy II3
UR-490Urban Field Work3
UR-492Urban Internship3
Total Credits33

Second Year Courses

UR-126Introduction to Public Policy and Social Action3
EL-134Fiction (or AS-359)3
Take one of the following courses3
Microeconomic Principles
Perspectives on Politics
Introduction to Sociology
The Contemporary City
PL-130Introduction to Philosophy3
PS-151Introduction to Psychology *3
PS-220Social Psychology *3
SP-113Elementary Spanish I3
UR-326Community Organization3
UR-493Advanced Urban Internship *3
UR Elective3
Total Credits30

Special Note

The courses marked by an asterisk are electives for which other courses may be substituted with approval.

Requirements for Urban Studies Major/Public Policy Sequence Degree of Bachelor of Science

Upper division courses for Public Policy Program students seeking a Bachelor’s degree include SPCS core requirements and at least two additional courses in Urban Stud­ies/Public Policy. The recommended sequence of courses for the Bachelor’s degree course of studies is as follows:
First Year Courses same as those for the Public Policy Major, Degree of Associate of Arts.
Second Year Courses
- same as those for the Public Policy Major, Degree of Associate of Arts.

Third Year Courses

AR-127Introduction to the Visual Arts (or AR-128)3
BI-124Human Structure and Function3
EL-123Forms of Literature: Poetry and Drama3
PL-140Introduction to Ethics3
HS-121The Western Tradition3
HS-122World Perspectives in History3
or HS-123 Special Topics in History
Select one of the following:3
Theology and Urban Problems
Black Theology
TH-499Theology and Contemporary Public Issues3
Select one of the following:3
Natural Science: one Course from Biology, Chemistry, Physics
UR-491Advanced Urban Field Work3
Total Credits30

Fourth Year Courses

UR Elective3
SJ-250Introduction to Social Justice (or PL-240)3
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Africana Studies
Introduction to Latin America and Latino Studies
Introduction to Nonviolence
Introduction to Women's Studies
Total Credits27

Educational Option

An educational option may be available whereby students interested in obtaining teaching certification can work towards this while getting their B.S. degree Urban Studies.  This is done in cooperation with the School of Education and by taking Education credits.