Academics

About the Department

Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in Public Policy and Public Affairs

Our  programs provide interdisciplinary study of a wide range of political and economic philosophies and theories of public policy and  public affairs, with a particular focus on state and local policy issues.

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Small Student-centered Classes

Our department is dedicated to the personal and intellectual growth of each of our students, and maintains cohorts of small size for a more intimate course of study.   A maximum of ten to twelve students are enrolled per year in our PhD program, and a no more than 20-25 students per year in our master's and certificate programs.

Dedicated and Supportive Faculty

Our faculty are committed to ensuring an enlightening and informative course of study for each student. Our small cohort sizes allow faculty to work closely and individually with students, providing a strong network of support and lasting professional relationships.

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Representative Barney Frank with Christine Brenner

Representative Barney Frank with Christine Brenner Barney Frank (D-MA), U.S. House of Representatives 1981 to 2013, talks with Christine Thurlow Brenner, associate professor and department chair, after his talk on "Power and Persuasion in the halls of Congress" given at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in Chicago.

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General Academic Building No. 1

The building will contain state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching labs, and specialized spaces for the Art and Performing Arts Departments

“This general academic building will help further enhance the learning experience of our students.”

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