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What can you do with a public policy major?
You want to make the world a better place. Good. Let's work together to make that happen. By choosing public policy you can make a difference in domestic or international policy, working in policy analysis, public administration or non-profit management.
Integrating courses from a number of disciplines, this major will prepare you to analyze, explain and contribute to the development and implementation of policies to solve problems. Graduates will be prepared to compete for jobs in the public and private sectors, or advance into graduate school after gaining valuable and relevant practical experience outside the classroom.
Laws and regulations should be designed to serve the public. The ability to achieve this goal depends on people who are able to understand and balance the demands of politics and economics, with informed perspectives from business, social sciences, the natural sciences and applied academics.
The new public policy program at Susquehanna will provide you the specialized training and preparation you need to make a difference. The tracks within the major address important areas of challenge in today's society.
You can choose from:
- Domestic policy, including education, environment or health care policy
- International policy and development
- Public administration and nonprofit management
Within each track, you'll obtain the knowledge necessary to analyze, explain and contribute to the evolution of policies designed to serve the public. You'll also participate in campus-wide discussions of domestic and international problems with relevant speakers and thought-provoking activities.
A faculty adviser will help you locate an internship, which is required. That's a great thing for you, because relevant practical experience is invaluable to understanding and critically evaluating the policy process. Such experience is also essential for you to compete for policy-related positions in the private or public sphere or for admission into a relevant graduate program.
Public Policy Major. Students must complete 44 semester hours - 24 semester hours in the Core Curriculum and 20 semester hours in one of the tracks below -- all with grades of C- or higher.
Minor in Public Policy. Students pursuing the public policy minor must complete 24 semester hours with a grade of C- or higher. The minor is comprised of POLI-212 Introduction to Public Policy, either ECON-201 Principles of Macroeconomics or ECON-202 Principles of Microeconomics, and 16 semester hours from a chosen track. No more than 8 semester hours for the minor may be taken at the 100 level, and at least 4 semester hours must be taken at the 300 level or higher. Only 4 semester hours may be double-counted with the student's major or with another minor.