Skip Navigation
search: People Opens New Window | Departments Opens New Window | Penn State Opens New Window | Web Opens New Window
Penn State mark
Penn State mark

University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Public Policy

Capital College (PUBPL): Penn State Harrisburg

PROFESSOR STEVEN A. PETERSON, Interim Program Coordinator, School of Public Affairs

The Public Policy major is designed for students interested in policy issues, politics, public administration, and related areas like policy analysis and policy advocacy. The program explores a myriad of critical issues facing our communities, the nation, and the world. Students receive the educational foundation for careers in the public sector, in government-related businesses, and in non-profit organizations, as well as for graduate work in the fields of law, public administration, criminal justice, public policy, political science, and health care administration. Building on the program core, students may choose electives from a broad array of courses in public policy and other areas. Students may wish but are not required to pursue a concentration within the Public Policy major. The following concentrations are available: U.S. Public Policy; Law and Justice; and International Policy. Students should consult their adviser for a complete listing of courses in each of these concentrations. Overall, the Public Policy program seeks to advance the ideals of an active, informed citizenry and a commitment to public service.

Our proximity to the state capital at Harrisburg provides students with a rich environment for both study and for internships. In addition to our full-time faculty, Public Policy draws on part-time faculty with particular professional strengths. In recent years students have explored politics and political issues in classes taught by a state senator, a former lieutenant governor, a corrections system administrator, and a governor's press secretary. This integration of academic study with the "real world" of Pennsylvania politics and policy making is further enhanced through quality internships. The Public Policy program prides itself in placing qualified students in internships that facilitate the development of professional skills and promote the prospects for professional employment following graduation. Internship options include the Harrisburg Semester: Public Service Leadership Internships (PSLI). (For more information, see www.hbg.psu.edu/hbg/hburgsem.) Students are encouraged to complete an internship during their senior year. Additional information regarding internships may be obtained by contacting the Public Policy Internship Coordinator.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students:
Transfer students must have a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average. The evaluation of prior college work is done on an individual basis by the Office of Enrollment Services at Penn State Harrisburg.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Public Policy major requires a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average and an average of C (2.00) or better in any course already taken in the major.

For a B.S. degree in Public Policy, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(6 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 16 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 65 credits
(This includes 6 credits of General Education GS courses.)
(At least 15 credits must be at the 400 level.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)[1]
ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), PL SC 001 GS(3), PL SC 309(3), PUBPL 304W(3) (Sem: 1-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 9 credits from the following: PL SC 300-499(3), PUBPL 241(3), PUBPL 300-499(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits from the following: PL SC 419(3), PL SC 425(3), PL SC 444(3), PL SC 488(3), PL SC 489(3), PUBPL 305(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from the following: PUBPL 480(3), PUBPL 481(3), PUBPL 482(3), PUBPL 483(3), PUBPL 484(3), PUBPL 485(3), PUBPL 490(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (32 credits)
Select 12 credits from the following: ACCTG 200-499(3), AFRAS 300-499(3), AM ST 300-499(3), BE SC 300-499(3), COMMS 300-499(3), CRIMJ 300-499(3), ECON 300-499(3), ENVE 460(3), FIN 300-499(3), HIST 300-499(3), MGMT 300-499(3), MKTG 300-499(3), SCLSC 300-499(3), SO SC 300-499(3), SOC 300-499(3), SRA 211(3), WMNST 300-499(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 20 credits in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

 

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2008

Blue Sheet Item #: 36-05-018

Review Date: 2/26/08

UCA Revision: #2: 7/30/07

Coordinator updated: 6/5/12

CL