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Prepare for a Career in Public Policy

Our Public Policy program creates practitioners who blend social science practices with a commitment to community engagement.

Political Science: Public Policy

Offered by: Political Science

Our Public Policy program blends social science practices with a commitment to community engagement. Policy professionals apply critical, scientific reasoning to help communities resolve wicked social, economic, and political problems.

Why Choose Public Policy?

If you want to tackle complex social problems like the shortage of affordable housing, high child poverty rate, rising economic inequality, community decline, or global climate change, our Public Policy program is for you. If you want to make a difference in your community by playing a role in the public policy process, this major will give you the toolset to make a difference.

What Will You Learn?

You will learn about wicked public problems and the methods of inquiry and analysis to solve those problems. You will take these skills and incorporate insights from economics, sociology, psychology, history, and other disciplines to help resolve issues. You will learn to recognize ethical and value dilemmas inherent in most societal problems.

Careers In Public Policy

Upon graduation, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary for public service related careers in government, non-profit, educational, and for-profit sectors. Common careers for public policy focused graduates include:

  • City manager
  • Urban planner
  • Policy researcher
  • Policy analyst
  • Social advocacy
  • Government relations (lobbying)
  • Public finance
  • Non-profit and government program directors
  • Community development

Clubs & Organizations

Pi Sigma Alpha

SRU Debate Society