Coordinators: Janet Knoedler, Amy Wolaver

Public policy, as defined by Kraft and Furlong (2007), is “what public officials within government, and by extension the citizens they represent, choose to do or not to do about public problems. Public problems refer to conditions the public widely perceives to be unacceptable and therefore requiring intervention.” The minor in Public Policy is designed to give Bucknell students from a variety of academic majors the additional analytical and theoretical skills to supplement their academic majors to participate knowledgeably and effectively in the public arena once they leave Bucknell, whether as policy makers or as engaged citizens.

The gateway course is an interdisciplinary Public Policy course that incorporates public policy theories and topics from two or more social sciences. The methods requirement ensures that students have exposure to at least one social science research discipline. Elective courses offered in various disciplines give students the opportunity to apply the basic theoretical and analytical tools to specific areas of public policy. These courses will prepare students completing the minor for graduate programs in public policy and other social science disciplines, as well as for fruitful careers in government and industry.

The minor consists of an introductory course, a social science research methods course, and three electives, structured as follows:

1) required core course, ECON 220: Introduction to Public Policy,

2) one methods course in the social sciences from the following list,

ANTH 201: Field Research in Local Communities

ECON 341: Econometrics

EDUC 362: Research Methods

ENST 302: Environmental Studies Research Methods

PSYC 289: Applied Research Methods Seminar in Health Psychology
PSYC 291: Applied Research Methods Seminar in Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 295: Applied Research Methods Seminar in Emotion
PSYC 297: Applied Research Methods Seminar in Developmental Psychology
PSYC 298: Applied Research Methods Seminar in Personality
PSYC 299: Applied Research Methods Seminar in Social Psychology

SOCI 201: Field Research in Local Communities (cross-listed ANTH 201)
SOCI 208: Methods of Social Research
SOCI 209: Analyzing the Social World: Quantitative Data Analysis

3) and three electives courses in different disciplines from the following list,

ANTH 235: Modern Africa
ANTH 250: Peoples and Cultures of the Andean World
ANTH 251: Women and Development
ANTH 260: Anthropological Perspectives on Human-Environment Relations
ANTH 267: Anthropology of Tourism

CENG 432: Sustainable Transportation Planning

ECON 103: Economic Principles and Problems
ECON 221: Money and Banking
ECON 231: Resources and the Environment
ECON 236: Unemployment and Poverty
ECON 237: Health Politics and Health Policy
ECON 238: Urban Economics
ECON 311: Labor Economics
ECON 312: Health Economics
ECON 313: Public Finance
ECON 328: Money and Financial Institutions
ECON 331: Industrial Organization
ECON 336: Macroeconomic Policy
EDUC 327: Immigrant Youth and Society
EDUC 350: Higher Education in the United States

ENST 100: Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENST 215: Environmental Planning
ENST 226: Water Politics and Policies
ENST 245: Environmental Policy and Politics
ENST 250: Environmental Policy Analysis
ENST 255: Environmental Justice
ENST 260: Environmental Law
ENST 355: International Environmental Aid

GEOG 257: Global Environmental Change
GEOG 345: Food and the Environment

MGMT 312: Business, Government, and Society
MGMT 335: Sustainable Development

POLS 140: American Politics
POLS 234: State and Local Internship Program
POLS 240: The American Congress
POLS 248: Political Behavior
POLS 271: American Foreign Policy
POLS 272: U.S. National Security Policy

PSYC 211:
Health Psychology

SOCI 123: Law and Society
SOCI 130: Medicine and Society
SOCI 215: Human Service Systems
SOCI 235: Nongovernmental Organizations
SOCI 245: Remaking America: Latin American Immigration and Hispanic Ethnicity
SOCI 402: Public Service and Nonprofit Organizations

WMST 332: Women and the Penal System

Students must take exactly two of the electives from the same discipline for depth. No courses in the student’s major can count as an elective for the minor. If the student has taken one of the above listed methods courses in their major, they may substitute a fourth elective course from the list above to fulfill the minor requirements.



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