Academics

 
Do you want to put your passion to work and have a career in making a difference?
 
The school of Public Policy offers courses and academic programing which encompass a wide array of policy topics. The curriculum enables students to develop an understanding of how to make a positive difference in the most challenging problems facing our world today. 
 
Public policy focuses especially on analysis, to integrate the approaches of different disciplines in an effort to produce the best policy decisions and the most effective policy implementation. Rather than focusing on theories or institutions, Public Policy focuses on the problem and generating policies in response to that problem. PolicyTerps provide bold, innovative solutions required to foster the change we need to see.
 
Effectively dealing with complex policy problems requires fearlessly working across boundaries to address some of the world’s most challenging problems such as poverty, access to quality education, unemployment, immigration, terrorism, and climate change, to name a few. The interdisciplinary field of public policy produces bold, innovative solutions required to foster the change we need to see.

The public policy major gives you the tools you need to translate your passion into real change. Through rigorous coursework, the public policy major provides students with the analytical and decision-making skills necessary to understand complex policy problems. The highly experiential public policy major will integrate knowledge from a variety of disciplines such as economics, business, government and politics, sociology, philosophy, history, and informational studies.

 

The goals of the Public Policy department are to produce:
 
1. Individuals who better understand themselves and the world they live in through a focused, coordinated study of the major policy-related disciplines.
 
2. Citizens who are adept at promoting better public outcomes both by understanding public policy problems from an inter-disciplinary, multi-sector, multi-constituency perspective and by leading institutional and policy change.
 
3. Graduates who can easily find meaningful employment, and are well prepared to enter numerous graduate and professional programs, due to their strong multi-sector, interdisciplinary, analytical, problem-solving, and leadership abilities.