Academics

Public Policy (Minor)

The minor in Public Policy at UMB is designed to provide effective public policy training for individuals presently or prospectively involved in the public, nonprofit, or private sectors. Although based in the Political Science Department, the minor in Public Policy offers an interdisciplinary approach to public policy. The aim of the minor is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental elements involved in the public policy process and the analytical skills (evaluative and quantitative) necessary to make informed judgments about both the policy-making and implementation processes and substantive policy outcomes. The minor does not substitute for a regular major (or any other graduation requirements), and students in all majors, not just Political Science, can complete the Public Policy minor.

All Public Policy minors are required to take three core courses. In addition, Public Policy minors must complete five elective courses drawn from at least three of the following areas, one of which must be Ethics and Public Policy:

• Ethics and Public Policy
• Urban and Regional Policy
• Environmental Policy
• Developmental Policy
• Social Welfare Policy
• Public Administration and Management

Students may select as many as three courses from any one area. In fulfilling the eight-course requirement, however, no more than four courses may be taken from any one department. Students may not apply more than two courses at the 100-level towards the Public Policy minor, and at least two courses must be taken at the 300 or 400 level, not including a 300-level course used to satisfy the statistics requirement. In addition, Public policy minors may not apply more than one course for the minor towards their major.

The following list of courses, offered by various departments, may be counted towards the minor in Public Policy, conditional, of course, on fulfilling the core and area requirements. Due to course changes each year, this list should be regarded as incomplete. Students should use it as a base for formulating a tentative study plan. To make actual course selections each semester, consult the updated list available in the Political Science Department office (W-5-70) or from Professor Erin O’Brien.

Requirements for the Public Policy Minor

Economics Requirement: One of the Following


• Economics 101: Introductory Economics I
• Economics 102: Introductory Economics II

Political Science Requirement:


• Political Science 203: Foundations of Public Policy

Statistics Requirement: One of the following


• Economics 205: Statistical Methods
• Political Science 301: Introduction to Quantitative Methods
• Psychology 270: Statistics
• Sociology 350: Elements of Social Statistics

AREA REQUIREMENTS:


In fulfilling the “area requirements,” Public Policy minors must take five courses from the following list with courses drawn from at least three areas, one of which must be from Area I: Ethics and Public Policy. Students may take up to three courses from any one area, but no more than four area courses may be taken from any single Department. No more than two courses at the 100-level may be applied towards the Public Policy minor, and at least two courses must be taken at the 300 or 400 level not including the statistics course. In addition, Public Policy minors may not apply more than one course for the minor towards their major.


*Denotes a course listed in more than one area; Political Science xxx means the course is pending University approval.

AREA I: ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY


* Anthropology 352: Applied Social Anthropology
Philosophy 215: Philosophy and Public Policy
Philosophy 221: Business and Management Ethics
Philosophy 222: Moral Issues and Medicine
Philosophy 307: Technology and Values
Political Science 347: Politics, Social Choice and Public Policy

AREA II: URBAN AND REGIONAL POLICY


Anthropology 252: Urban Anthropology
Black Studies 320: Problems in Urban Education
Black Studies 410: Black Urban Politics
Economics 215: Political Economy of New England
Economics 318: Economics of State and Local Government
Geography and Earth Sciences 221: Urban Physical Environment
* Geography and Earth Sciences 340: Planning and Land Use Law
Geography and Earth Sciences 374: Geography of Housing
Geography and Earth Sciences 375: Urban Planning
Political Science 340: Boston: Cooperation and Conflict in the Urban Environment
Political Science 341: Metropolitan Politics
Political Science 344: Problems of Urban Politics

AREA III: ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY


Economics 345: Energy
Economics 349:The Political Economy of Environmental Control
* Geography and Earth Sciences 221: Urban Physical Environment
* Geography and Earth Sciences 324: Canal Zone Management
* Geography and Earth Sciences 340: Planning and Land Use Law
* Geography and Earth Sciences 378: Resource Management
Philosophy 220: Environmental Ethics
Political Science 348: Science and Public Policy
Political Science 377: Global /Water Issues & Interests

AREA IV: SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY


* Anthropology 252: Urban Anthropology
Anthropology/American Studies 301: Childhood in America
* Anthropology 352: Applied Social Anthropology
Anthropology 670: Industrial Anthropology and Sociology
Black Studies 104: Drug Abuse and the Black Community
Economics 343: The Political Economics of Black America
Economics 350: Economics of Aging and Retirement
Economics 380: Economics of Health Care
Economics 394: Sex Segregated Labor Markets
Economics 395: The Economics of Social Welfare
Political Science 335: Law & Public Policy
Political Science 357: Food: Politics and Policy
Political Science xxx: Diversity and Public Policy
Political Science xxx: Poverty and Social Welfare Policy
Political Science xxx: Women, Politics, and Public Policy
Sociology 160: Social Problems
Sociology 233: Sociology and Unemployment
Sociology 250: Social Policy
Women's Studies 260: Women's Health Care
Women's Studies 330: Women and Public Policy

AREA V: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT


Anthropology 615: Public Archaeology
Economics 417: Public Finance
Economics 433: Government Regulation of Private Business
Political Science 311: Political Parties
Political Science 318: Legislative Process
Political Science 324: American Presidency
Political Science 325: Public Administration
Political Science 327: Public Management I
Political Science 356: Comparative Public Administration

ALSO:
Political Science 488, 489, 495: Internships
(where applicable and conditional on prior approval)