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Bachelor's in Policy Studies (BA)

Students majoring in policy studies will be guided through an interdisciplinary approach to policy analysis, policy advocacy and engagement in social problem-solving. Students will explore both how social problems are defined and how policy responses are designed, implemented and evaluated. The major also emphasizes developing students’ analytic abilities, research skills and knowledge of various policy areas, while providing students the flexibility to study topics in a specialized area.


Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Type: Major, Minor

The broad learning goals for this program include developing knowledge of the foundations of public policy; knowledge of various policy areas; knowledge of policy advocacy process; analytic abilities in regard to the policy process; research skills; and policy knowledge in one specialized area (e.g., health, environment, social welfare, and/or foreign policy.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

The majority of the coursework centers on core courses involving introductory courses on public policy, community advocacy, hands-on research methods classes, economics of policy, and a capstone internship. Students also will take courses in one of four policy concentration areas: health policy, environmental policy, social policy and advocacy, and foreign policy.

Minor Requirements

The policy studies minor requires 18 hours of coursework. Students will take introductory courses on public policy, community advocacy, and hands-on research methods classes. Students also will select courses in one of four policy concentration areas: health policy, environmental policy, social policy and advocacy, and foreign policy.

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • Introduction to Policy Issues
  • Methods and Stats
  • Advocacy and Action
  • Economics for Public Policy
  • Community Research Fieldwork
  • Capstone: Internship

Outcomes

Career options for Policy Studies majors include working for non-profit organizations, advocacy organizations, policy research centers, and governmental agencies.