Policy Studies A.B.

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Policy Studies requires the completion of the Elon Core Curriculum as well as the Major Requirements listed below.

Major Requirements

Foundation courses: 24 sh

ECO 1000PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS

4 sh

POL 1110AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

4 sh

PST 2250INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY

4 sh

POL 2200RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND POLICY STUDIES

4 sh

PST 3010POLICY ANALYSIS

4 sh

PST 4970SENIOR SEMINAR IN POLICY STUDIES

4 sh

 

Select one course from the following: 4 sh

POL 1410/IGS 1410INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

4 sh

POL 1610COMPARATIVE POLITICS

4 sh

POL 2220STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

4 sh

Double-majors in Policy Studies and Public Health Studies may substitute PHS 2020 Research Methods in Public Health for POL 2200. Double-majors in Policy Studies and Anthropology or Sociology may substitute ANT/SOC 2150 Qualitative Research Methods and ANT/SOC 2160 Quantitative Research Methods (both courses) for POL 2200.

The following foundation courses carry prerequisites, and should be taken in the proper sequence; see catalog descriptions for details: PST 2250, PST 3010, PST 4970.

Policy Studies elective: 4 sh

PST 3240ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

4 sh

PST 2310PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

4 sh

PST 3100PHILANTHROPY AND SOCIAL CHANGE

4 sh

PST 3110NONPROFITS

4 sh

PST 3200FOOD POLICY

4 sh

PST 3250HEALTH POLICY

4 sh

PST 3420U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

4 sh

PST 3440INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

4 sh

PST 3470COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY

4 sh

Interdisciplinary electives : 16 sh

ANT 3250MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

4 sh

CJS 2550ORGANIZED CRIME

4 sh

CJS 2710-2790SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

2-4 sh

CJS 3710-3790SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

2-4 sh

CSC 1100DATA SCIENCE AND VISUALIZATION

4 sh

CSC 3360COMPUTER AND NETWORK SECURITY

4 sh

CTA 304BROADCASTING IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

4 sh

ECO 2300STATISTICS FOR DECISION MAKING

4 sh

ECO 3120MONEY AND BANKING

4 sh

ECO 3130FEDERAL RESERVE CHALLENGE

2 sh

ECO 3140MONETARY POLICY - DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

4 sh

ECO 3100INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMIC THEORY

4 sh

ECO 3200INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMIC THEORY

4 sh

ECO 3110INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND FINANCE

4 sh

ECO 3410GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT

4 sh

ECO 3210HEALTH ECONOMICS

4 sh

ECO 3220LABOR ECONOMICS

4 sh

ECO 3230ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

4 sh

ECO 3240INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION AND REGULATION

4 sh

ECO 4220PUBLIC FINANCE

4 sh

ECO 4210URBAN ECONOMICS AND PLANNING

4 sh

ECO 4400ECONOMIC CONSULTING

4 sh

EDU 2110EDUCATION AND SOCIETY

4 sh

EDU 3150EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT

4 sh

EDU 4670EARLY CHILDHOOD POLICY AND ADVOCACY

4 sh

ENS 2440NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

4 sh

ENS 3210URBAN ECOLOGY

4 sh

ENS 3460/BIO 3602WETLAND ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

4 sh

ENS 3600GREEN DESIGN: ENVISIONING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

4 sh

FIN 3030INTRODUCTION TO FINANCE

4 sh

GEO 3450GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

4 sh

HSS 3200GROUP DYNAMICS AND LEADERSHIP

4 sh

HSS 3240PERSPECTIVES AND ISSUES IN AGING

4 sh

HSS 3490VIOLENCE IN FAMILIES

4 sh

HSS 3590CRIMINAL JUSTICE

4 sh

HSS 3610SUBSTANCE ABUSE: ISSUES IN TREATMENT

4 sh

HSS 3690JUVENILE JUSTICE

4 sh

HSS 4110DESIGNING AND ASSESSING HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS

4 sh

HSS 1110THE ART AND SCIENCE OF HUMAN SERVICE STUDIES/ELR

4 sh

JOU 2500JOURNALISM IN A FREE SOCIETY

4 sh

MGT 3230PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

4 sh

MGT 4120ADVANCED ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

4 sh

PCS 1210INTRODUCTION TO CONFLICT MEDIATION

2 sh

PCS 1220NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION SKILLS

2 sh

PCS 3500FOUNDATIONS OF PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES

4 sh

PHL 2150ETHICS AND DECISION MAKING

4 sh

PHL 3200RECLAIMING DEMOCRACY

4 sh

PHL 3300ECONOMIC JUSTICE

4 sh

PHL 3410PHILOSOPHY OF LAW

4 sh

PHL 3480/REL 3480ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

4 sh

PHL 3560RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

4 sh

PHS 2010INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH

4 sh

PHS 3010INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY

4 sh

PHS 3020GLOBAL HEALTH

4 sh

POL 3250THE PRESIDENCY

4 sh

POL 3260CONGRESS

4 sh

POL 3270THE SUPREME COURT

4 sh

POL 3290POLITICAL BEHAVIOR

4 sh

POL 3410INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

4 sh

POL 342U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

4 sh

POL 3430INTERNATIONAL LAW

4 sh

POL 344INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

4 sh

POL 347COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY

4 sh

POL 3490GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

4 sh

POL 3590POLITICAL COMMUNICATIONS

4 sh

PST 3240ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

4 sh

PST 2310PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

4 sh

PST 3100PHILANTHROPY AND SOCIAL CHANGE

4 sh

PST 3250HEALTH POLICY

4 sh

PST 3110NONPROFITS

4 sh

PST 3200FOOD POLICY

4 sh

PST 3320COMPARATIVE PUBLIC POLICY

4 sh

PST 3350ETHICS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

4 sh

PST 4985INTERNSHIP IN POLICY STUDIES

1-8 sh

PST 4986WASHINGTON INTERNSHIP IN POLICY STUDIES

1-8 sh

PST 4991INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-4 sh

PST 4999INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

1-4 sh

PSY 2200SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

4 sh

PSY 3860INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

4 sh

PSY 3210THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP

4 sh

PWR 2110PROFESSIONAL WRITING AND RHETORIC

4 sh

PWR 3230WRITING CIVIC ACTION

4 sh

SOC 2200SOCIAL ISSUES AND PROBLEMS IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

4 sh

SOC 2430SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION

4 sh

SOC 3150DRUGS AND SOCIETY

4 sh

SOC 3330SOCIAL STRATIFICATION

4 sh

SOC 3340ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY

4 sh

SOC 3410ETHNIC AND RACE RELATIONS

4 sh

SOC 3550CRIMINOLOGY

4 sh

SOC 3560GENDER AND CRIME

4 sh

STS 2120STATISTICS IN APPLICATION

4 sh

STS 2130SURVEY SAMPLING METHODS

4 sh

STS 2320STATISTICAL MODELING

4 sh

STS 3270STATISTICAL COMPUTING FOR DATA MANAGEMENT

4 sh

WGS 1100SEX AND GENDER

4 sh

Choose four courses, for interdisciplinary inputs to policy study and applications of policy analysis principles. No more than two courses (8 sh) with the same subject prefix. No more than two interdisciplinary electives at the 1000 level; minimum of two interdisciplinary electives at the 3000/4000 level.

Some courses in the Electives list carry prerequisites or other registration restrictions; see Catalog course descriptions for details. If these courses are selected as electives, their prerequisites increase the number of hours for the major. Such courses may be most appropriate for students double-majoring in Policy Studies and the subject areas for these courses.

It is recommended that policy studies majors, in consultation with their advisors, select electives around an informal, interdisciplinary concentration to develop a depth of policy-relevant knowledge in a particular area.

Up to eight PST internship hours may be applied to the major.

Program Outcomes

Policy studies students should be able to effectively communicate complex ideas through various media formats which must include written, and could include oral, electronic, and other creative communication strategies.

Policy Studies students should demonstrate the ability to engage in systematic investigation of complex phenomena by developing appropriate research questions and by applying appropriate research methodologies in response to those questions.

As fully enlightened citizens, and as future practitioners in public service, Policy Studies students must be able to access, understand, and evaluate various types of information currently available to them.

The faculty in the Department of Political Science and Policy Studies is committed to the development of a learning environment that promotes student skills in critical and analytical reasoning. Such skills are necessary for the development of cognitive frameworks that are vital for informed participation in our communities and civic life.

While recognizing that the liberal arts in general develop many common intellectual skills, there are distinctive practices and methodologies that define specific disciplines. Students graduating with an undergraduate degree in Policy Studies should have strong familiarity with and have an ability to demonstrate specific knowledge and skills that shape the theoretical frameworks, methodologies, discourses and practices in the field of Policy Studies.

Total Credit Hours: 48-52

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