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Public Policy Program A 18-credit minor or 27-credit certificate in Public Policy.


The Program in Public Policy is an 18-credit undergraduate minor open to students in all disciplines. Students also have an option to receive a Certificate in Public Policy by taking 9 additional credits (for a total of 27 credits).

The Roosevelt House public policy program is based on the understanding that the preparation of informed individuals is the key to a vibrant participatory democracy. The program prepares students by providing essential research and analytical skills that are important goals of a strong liberal arts education. Our graduates are unique; they span many majors from Anthropology to Psychology, Chinese and Classics. Students have an opportunity to interact first-hand with policy experts and practitioners, both in the classroom and outside, and learn how policies are created, how communities come together to demand change, who benefits from specific policies, and how to measure the impact of laws. These are important skills that enable graduates to either embark on careers in public affairs and the nonprofit sector, or remain engaged in public affairs—nationally and globally—regardless of their stated major, career goals, or personal objectives.

Prerequisites: To enroll in the public policy minor (18 credits) or certificate (27 credits), a student must have completed at least 45 credits of undergraduate study, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Academic Requirements: Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and receive a grade of B or higher in their public policy courses to remain in the program.

Click here to learn about core requirements and the structure of the program.

Click here for a list of P-cubed courses.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions. 

Contact Information

Program Director:

Shyama Venkateswar
E-mail: shyama.venkateswar@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: 212-396-7935

Interim Program Assistant:

Laura Holbrook
E-mail: rhp3@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: 212-650-3155

Chief Information Officer:

Chris Polansky
E-mail: frank10065@gmail.com

Public Policy Program Faculty Advisory Committee

Chair: Pamela Stone (Sociology)
E-mail: pstone@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: 212-772-5586

Lina Newton (Political Science)
E-mail: lnewton@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: 212-772-4785

Peter Marcotullio (Geography)
E-mail: peter.marcotullio@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: 212-772-5264

Howard Chernick (Economics)
E-mail: hchernic@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: 212-772-5440

Sanford Schram (Political Science/Public Policy)
E-mail: sanford.schram@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone:

Sigmund Shipp (Urban Affairs and Planning)
E-mail: sshipp@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: 212-772-5591

Jennifer Samson (Education)
E-mail: jsams@hunter.cuny.edu
Phone: 212-772-4663