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    The Public Policy Analysis Program

    The Public Policy program is designed to develop an understanding of the economic and political institutions, principles, and processes involved in public policy decision-making. Students are led to examine issues critically while developing a substantive knowledge of market economics and democratic-constitutional government as the context for American public policy. Economic analysis and knowledge of political organization and politics comprise much of the intellectual framework for public policy decision-making. The curriculum combines courses in economics and politics to help foster the development of such skills and knowledge.

    • To prepare students for studies in Law;
    • To prepare students for professional studies in areas such as public administration, public policy formulation, international affairs, and related fields;
    • To prepare students for a full life, personally and professionally, by nurturing their spirits as well as their intellects.

    Public Policy Major Requirements (43 credits)
    BA 100* Financial Accounting I - 3 credits
    BA 150 Managerial Accounting - 3 credits
    BA 350 Statistics I - 3 credits
    BA 351 Statistics II or EC 360 Econometrics - 3 credits
    EC 101* Principles of Microeconomics - 3 credits
    EC 102 * Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 credits
    EC 201 Microeconomic Theory - 3 credits
    EC 202 Macroeconomic Theory - 3 credits
    MA 109/111* Calculus I - 4 credits
    PS 100 Principles of American Politics or PS 375 International Law - 3 credits
    PS 242 International Politics - 3 credits
    PS 336 American Political Thought - 3 credits
    PS 345 Domestic Public Policy - 3 credits
    PS 480 Senior Thesis (on a public policy topic) - 3 credits

    College Core (48 credits)
    TH 119 First Theology (freshmen year) - 3 credits
    Theology (200 Level) - 3 credits
    Theology (300 Level) - 3 credits
    History (100 Level) - 3 credits
    History (200 Level) - 3 credits
    PL 101 1st Philosophy - 3 credits
    Philosophy Elective - 3 credits
    Natural Science 100 Level with lab - 4 credits
    Natural Science 200 Level with lab - 4 credits
    EL 102 Language and Rhetoric (freshmen year) - 3 credits
    English (Literature Course) - 3 credits
    English Elective - 3 credits
    Fine Arts (100 Level) - 3 credits
    Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
    Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
    First-Year Seminar (additional hour) - 1 credit
    Electives (33 credits)

    *Public policy majors may not double major or minor in politics, economics or public administration. Public Policy is recommended for Law School preparation.

    Minor in Public Administration
    For those majoring in Politics, in addition to the major requirements, the following courses will be required:
    EC 101 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 credits
    BA 102 Survey of Accounting or BA 100 Financial Accounting I - 3 credits
    BA 104 Introduction to Management - 3 credits
    BA 150 Managerial Accounting - 3 credits
    BA 170 Organizational Behavior - 3 credits
    BA 350 Statistics I - 3 credits

    *If you plan to pursue a graduate degree in public administration, the completing of EC 102 Principles of Macroeconomics is strongly advised.
    For those not majoring in Politics, 18 credits are required for the minor in Public Administration. Business majors may not minor in Public Administration. The following courses will be required:
    BA 102 Survey of Accounting or BA 100 Financial Accounting I - 3 credits
    BA 350 Statistics I - 3 credits
    PS 100 Principles of American Politics - 3 credits
    PS 345 Domestic Public Policy - 3 credits

    The student will also be required to choose two courses from the following:
    BA 104 Introduction to Management - 3 credits
    BA 150 Managerial Accounting - 3 credits
    BA 170 Organizational Behavior - 3 credits
    EC 101 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 credits