Begin Date: Summer Session 2003
End Date: Spring Semester 2004
PROFESSOR CAROL NECHEMIAS, 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 prepares students for careers and graduate study 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. While students can tailor an academic program to suit their needs, electives fit into categories like Public Management: Theory and Practice; American Politics: Process and Management; Law and Justice: The Legal System; and World Politics: National Security, International Relations, Comparative Politics. Students may wish, but are not required, to pursue one of these concentrations.
Our location near the state capital of Harrisburg provides students with exceptional opportunities for both study and for internships. In addition to our full-time faculty, we draw on part-time faculty with particular professional strengths; in recent years this has included a state senator, a former lieutenant governor, a correction system administrator, and a governor's press secretary. The integration of academic study with the "real world" of Pennsylvania politics and policy making is further enhanced by our high quality internship program that places qualified students in the state government's executive and legislative branches, as well as with government-related businesses and non-profit organizations. This allows students to develop their professional skills, integrate classroom learning with workplace experiences, and enhance opportunities for professional employment following graduation.
For a B.S. degree in Public Policy, a minimum of 120 credits is required.
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.
Students should generally have completed most of their General Education requirements. A limited number of 001-200 level courses are offered at Penn State Harrisburg for students who need lower-division courses.
Students should request a change-of-assignment to Penn State Harrisburg during their fourth semester, to be effective for the next semester of enrollment.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(0-7 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
(Included in ELECTIVES)
INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
ELECTIVES: 11-21 credits
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 61-64 credits
(This includes 0-7 credits of General Education Courses: 0-4 credits of GQ courses; 0-3 credits of GS courses.)
(At least 15 credits of 400-level courses must be taken from additional and/or supporting courses.)
PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
PL SC 470W(3) (Sem: 7-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (16-19 credits)
Select 3-6 credits from the following: ECON 002 GS(3) and ECON 004(3), or select PUBPL 350(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits from the following: PL SC 001 GS(3) or PUBPL 301(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits from the following: PL SC 002(3) or PUBPL 304(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 4 credits from the following: STAT 200 GQ(4) or SCLSC 320(4)(Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits from the following: PUBPL 480(3) PUBPL 481(3), PUBPL 482(3), PUBPL 483(3), PUBPL 484(3), PUBPL 485(3) or PUBPL 490(3) (Sem: 5-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (42 credits)
Select 15 credits from the following: PUBPL, CRIMJ, HCM, INT U, PL SC (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits from the following: AFRAS 300-499(3), BE SC 300-499(3), PSYC 300-499(3), SOCIO 300-499(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from the following: AMSTD 300-499(3), C ART 300-499(3), C HIS 300-499(3), C MUS 300-499(3), COMCL 300-499(3), ENGL 300-499(3), ENLSH 402(3), ENLSH 407(3), HUM 300-499(3), PHLOS 300-499(3), RL ST 300-499(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 15 credits in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests. (Sem: 5-8)
 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 2003
Blue Sheet Item #: 31-03-028
Review Date: 11/19/02