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Core Requirements and Structure

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1. Introduction to Public Policy

Introduction to Public Policy- PUPOL 100

An interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to basic concepts in policy studies. It is taught by faculty from different disciplines. It will acquaint students with public policy as a field of study, the basic elements of the policy-making process, and a variety of approaches for applying distinct modes of analysis (eg., political, economic, demographic, statistical, qualitative, normative). In addition to a textbook and select articles that have defined the field, the course uses practical case studies devoted to a range of policy problems. This course is open only to students who declare the public policy minor.

PUPOL 100 Taught course at Roosevelt House

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2. One Course in Political Analysis

Options include but are not limited to:

POLSC 110 Historical Introduction to American Government and Politics
POLSC 111 Introduction to American Government

Historical Introduction to American Government and Politics- POLSC 110

Historical perspective, with emphasis on the Constitution and its enduring influence, development of party systems and citizen participation and evolving role of Congress, presidency and courts

Introduction to American Government- POLSC 111

President, Congress, Supreme Court, Constitution, politics, parties, pressure groups

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3. One Course in Economic Analysis

Options include but are not limited to:

ECO 200 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics

Principles of Economics: Microeconomics- ECO 200

Price theory and resource allocation; market structures; income distribution
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4. One Course in Quantitative Analysis

Options include but are not limited to:

ECO 221 Economic Statistics
POLSC 206 Research Design in Political Science
SOC 240 Introduction to Research Methods
SOC 241 Social Statistics
STAT 213 Introduction to Applied Statistics

Economic Statistics- ECO 221

Statistical theory applied to business and economic problems; correlation, regression, time series analysis

Research Design in Political Science- POLSC 206

Public opinion surveys, content analysis, legislative roll-call analysis, census data, election returns; Introduction to statistics; Uses Social Science Data Lab

Introduction to Research Methods- SOC 240

Discussion of various research techniques and strategies including the survey method, field research, experiments, and content analysis; firsthand involvement in the collection of quantitative data

Social Statistics- SOC 241

Application of elementary statistical techniques; Introduction to statistical inference and sampling theory

Introduction to Applied Statistics- STAT 213

Sampling, estimation, tests of hypotheses including one-and two-sample tests, two-and three-way tables for nominal and ordinal data, linear regression, analysis of variance through two-way with interaction, using appropriate statistical software.

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5. One Course in Normative, Ethical, and Value Analysis

Options include but are not limited to:

PHILO 106 Philosophy, Politics and Society
PHILO 244 Moral Philosophy
PHILO 104 Introduction to Ethics
SOC 218 Social Inequality
POLSC 311 Utopian Theory
POLSC 305 Democratic Theory

Philosophy, Politics and Society- PHILO 106

Introduction to social and political philosophy

Moral Philosophy- PHILO 244

Study of selected problems in philosophical ethics and moral psychology

Introduction to Ethics- PHILO 104

Examination of standards of right conduct and the good life through study of selected philosophical classics

Social Inequality- SOC 218

Examination of social inequality in contemporary society from various empirical and theoretical perspectives focusing on class, ethnic, gender, and other determinants of stratification

Democratic Theory- POLSC 305

A critical survey of different conceptions of democracy: issues include democracy as a political order, democracy and forms of life (e.g., business, family, religion), toleration, political representation, democracy and justice.

Utopian Theory- POLSC 311

Political theorists often imagine ideal worlds, both to explore ideals and to criticize political realities. This course will explore utopias and dystopias as theories that explore political possibilities and challenge existing realities.
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6. Capstone Seminar

PUPOL 400 Seminar course taught at Roosevelt House

Public Policy Capstone Seminar- PUPOL 400

Roosevelt House’s Public Policy Capstone course serves as the culminating educational experience for students pursuing the 18-credit Public Policy minor and/or 27-credit certificate. During this semester-long seminar, each student develops a substantive project that integrates the practical skills and topical knowledge learned in the Public Policy Program. The Capstone presents students the opportunity to go in- depth with real-world policy questions and ideas, with the aim of discovering, developing, and refining individual policy interests and goals.

The Capstone Project:

The Capstone policy project is an interdisciplinary problem-solving experience by which students gain experience working on unstructured, real-world problems. A well-designed policy project has the potential to translate into positive change on the ground.

The Spitzer Capstone Prize for Best Policy Project:

Each academic year, the Spitzer Capstone Prize for Best Policy Project is awarded, with the winner earning a $100 Amazon.com gift card and her/his Public Policy Project report published on the Roosevelt House website.

The 2012-2013 Spitzer Capstone Prize Winning Project is Emily Apple’s “Food to the People: Evaluating New York City’s Food Access Policies.”

Click here to learn more and read the winning report.

The 2011-2012 Spitzer Capstone Prize Winning Project is David Weinberger’s “For the People, by the People: Environmental Justice, Community Engagement, and the Need for a Form Based Code in New York City.”

Click here to download and read the winning report.
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Additional Certificate Requirement: Substantive Policy Concentration

For the Public Policy Certificate each student will take the 6 core courses (18 credits) and will be required to declare a substantive area of concentration comprised of 3 courses (9 credits) of additional course work.

Students pursuing the 27-credit certificate will develop their course of study in consultation with Roosevelt House‘s Director of Public Policy. Examples of concentrations include, but are not limited to the following:

-immigration policy
-environmental policy
-monetary policy
-economic development
-LGBT policy
-health policy
-education policy
-trade policy
-energy policy
-security studies
-women’s rights
-global development
-housing policy
-transport policy
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Public Policy Related Courses at Hunter College

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Additional Opportunities

Hunter College offers other unique opportunities to Roosevelt House students to enrich the student experience beyond the classroom.

Internships

Undergraduate internships provide students opportunities to work in policy-related institutional settings outside the university. Public policy students may seek assignments in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, advocacy groups, multilaterals, philanthropic foundations, or social enterprises. Some positions carry compensation, others are voluntary.

Special Events

Regular events at Roosevelt House allow students and faculty to come together several times a semester to discuss public policy issues. Guest speakers, including scholars and practitioners, with relevant expertise regularly visit Roosevelt House to discuss topics of the day.

See also “Student Engagement”

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