The Public Policy Analysis specialization prepares students to play a leading role in policy debate and deliberation. Students develop the analytical and quantitative skills needed to create and assess policy responses to important public issues and urban problems.
Students will learn how to approach questions such as:
- How can cities formulate and implement policies for growth and development?
- What are the next steps to solving global poverty?
- What policies are most effective at minimizing racial disparities?
- How can education policy improve the performance and equity of US educational systems?
Students are required to take the following policy core courses:
Students are also expected to take one policy formation from among the following:
Students are generally expected to take the following course to complete the specialization (necessary for quantitative analyst positions)
Clustering Elective Courses
Students may wish to organize their electives around particular analytical methods or content areas, such as:
Politics & the Policy Process
Analytic Methods & Evaluation
Economic Analysis of Public Policy
International Development Policy
Race, Class & Diversity Policy
All Capstone projects begin in the fall and are completed at the end of the spring semester. Full-time students who begin in the spring semester typically need 2½ years to complete their degree. CAP-GP.3148 is recommended for students interested in quantitative analyst positions. Policy students choose one of the following Capstone courses:
Students who plan to specialize in Policy should earn a "B" or better in CORE-GP 1011 Statistics, CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics, and CORE-GP 1022 Introduction to Public Policy. All full-time Policy students should enroll in these three courses during their first semester of study, as they are prerequisites for several advanced Policy courses.