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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Education and Public Policy

University Park, College of Education (EPP)

PROFESSOR DANA MITRA, In charge

The Education and Public Policy major (EPP) offers an interdisciplinary program for mission-driven students who want to make a difference in society by building democratic participation and improving civic capacity in and through educational institutions and communities.

The EPP major prepares students to work in political and economic global systems for the betterment of a diverse and democratic society. EPP students become discerning research consumers and policy analysts in order to work for educational reform and social justice. The EPP major blends core courses in educational policy with foundations courses in sociology, political science, economics, business, race and class, and research methods. Elective courses within the major include policy problems, public systems, leadership, ethics, diversity, equality, and equity. In addition to academic studies, the EPP major includes a semester field experience culminating in a real-world, meaningful research project. Opportunities for internships include organizations in State College, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Graduates of the EPP program will enter professional careers in educational organizations, government, community development, public service, non-profits, consulting, philanthropy, and interest groups.

Baccalaureate degree candidates must have a minimum 2.0 GPA by the end of their fourth semester to be admitted to the Education and Public Policy (EPP) major; thereafter, students must earn a C or better in all prescribed and required courses necessary for the major. 

For the B.S. degree in Education and Public Policy, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

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

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

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

ELECTIVES:
1-3 credits

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 90-91 credits
(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; and 3 credits of GH courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (39 credits)[1]
PL SC 001 GS(3), PL SC 003 GS;IL(3), ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), EDTHP 115 US(3), HIST 021 GH;US(3), SOC 005 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CAS 222/CIVCM 211 GS;US(3), EDTHP 200 GS(3), EDTHP 420(3) (Sem: 3-6)
EDTHP 394(3) (Sem: 5-6)
EDTHP 395(3), EDTHP 420(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9-10 credits)
EDPSY 101 GQ(3), STAT 100 GQ(3)[1] or STAT 200 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-3)
SOC 001 GS(3)[1] or R SOC 011 GS;US(3)[1] (Sem: 1-3)
EDPSY 400(3), EDPSY 406(3), SOC 023 GS(3), SOC 207(3) (Sem: 3-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (42 credits)
Select 9 credits of Educational Theory and Policy Studies at the 400 level (Sem: 3-8)
Select 15 credits of Policy Problems and Public Systems from approved department list (Sem: 3-8)[1]
Select 6 credits of Leadership and Citizenship from approved department list (Sem: 3-8)[1]
Select 6 credits of Diversity and Equity from approved department list (Sem: 3-8)[1]
Select 6 credits of Major-related courses in consultation with EDTHP adviser. (Sem: 3-8)


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: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-06-038

Review Date: 04/09/2013

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