Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
Aristotle opened my mind to a completely different way of thinking. All I wanted to do was learn more—to understand more deeply.
Dr. Gary M. Quinlivan, DeanAlex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and GovernmentPhone: 724-537-4597
Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government
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.
Public Policy Major Requirements (43 credits) BA 100* Financial Accounting I - 3 creditsBA 150 Managerial Accounting - 3 creditsBA 350 Statistics I - 3 creditsBA 351 Statistics II or EC 360 Econometrics - 3 creditsEC 101* Principles of Microeconomics - 3 creditsEC 102 * Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 creditsEC 201 Microeconomic Theory - 3 creditsEC 202 Macroeconomic Theory - 3 creditsMA 109/111* Calculus I - 4 creditsPS 100 Principles of American Politics or PS 375 International Law - 3 creditsPS 242 International Politics - 3 creditsPS 336 American Political Thought - 3 creditsPS 345 Domestic Public Policy - 3 creditsPS 480 Senior Thesis (on a public policy topic) - 3 creditsCollege Core (48 credits) TH 119 First Theology (freshmen year) - 3 creditsTheology (200 Level) - 3 creditsTheology (300 Level) - 3 creditsHistory (100 Level) - 3 creditsHistory (200 Level) - 3 creditsPL 101 1st Philosophy - 3 creditsPhilosophy Elective - 3 creditsNatural Science 100 Level with lab - 4 creditsNatural Science 200 Level with lab - 4 creditsEL 102 Language and Rhetoric (freshmen year) - 3 creditsEnglish (Literature Course) - 3 creditsEnglish Elective - 3 creditsFine Arts (100 Level) - 3 creditsForeign Language Intermediate Level - 3 creditsForeign Language Intermediate Level - 3 creditsFirst-Year Seminar (additional hour) - 1 creditElectives (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 creditsBA 102 Survey of Accounting or BA 100 Financial Accounting I - 3 creditsBA 104 Introduction to Management - 3 creditsBA 150 Managerial Accounting - 3 creditsBA 170 Organizational Behavior - 3 creditsBA 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 creditsBA 350 Statistics I - 3 creditsPS 100 Principles of American Politics - 3 creditsPS 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 creditsBA 150 Managerial Accounting - 3 creditsBA 170 Organizational Behavior - 3 creditsEC 101 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 credits