The multidisciplinary coordinate Major in Social Policy & Practice introduces students to problems, policies, and methods in the social policy and welfare field through four core courses and additional elective coursework in the social and behavioral sciences. The major is designed to encourage students to explore social policy interests prior to employment or graduate education. It also serves as an excellent pre-professional major for social work, the social sciences, education, law, public health, public policy, and related fields.
The program in Social Policy & Practice is designed to grant students a considerable degree of freedom in the choice of electives and to offer ample avenues for students interested in pursuing independent research and/or internship experiences. The program is particularly interested in encouraging the study of social problems related to living in an urban environment such as issues related to race, class, poverty, gender, social justice and the intersections among them.
Social Policy & Practice graduates often find that they have many career options because of their broad academic backgrounds and well-developed writing, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills that are highly valued by employers in a wide variety of settings. Students in the major are well prepared for entering the fields of social work, education, public policy, public health, law, medicine, business, and any other field that values a solid liberal arts education.
All SPP coordinate majors must major in one of the three majors: Sociology, Political Science, and Economics.
New curriculum changes to the Social Policy and Practice (SPP) program (effective August 1, 2010). See here for a list of requirements for those students who declared the SPP coordinate major before August 1, 2010.
Required Courses (9 hours):
Elective Courses (21 hours): All SPP students are required to take 7 elective courses (21 hours) to be selected from a list of approved courses (see below). These courses will be policy-oriented courses in sociology, economics, and political science. No elective credit will be accepted for courses outside of Newcomb-Tulane College.
Students can only take three courses below 400-level for elective credit. All other elective courses must be at 400-level or above.
Please note that all students must have at least 18 separate courses in the primary major and the Social Policy and Practice coordinate major. That is, if you make a list of all the courses that are used to complete your primary major requirements, and another list of all the courses used to complete the Social Policy and Practice coordinate major requirements, and then count each course once, even if it appears on both lists, there should be at least 18 courses. If a third major is added, there must be a total of 27 separate courses for the three majors; for 4 majors, there must be at least 36 separate courses, etc.
List of Economics electives for the SPP major
List of Political Science electives for SPP major
List of Sociology electives for the SPP major
All the departments have approved their courses for listing as SPP electives. The above courses are offered on a regular and frequent basis at Tulane by regular faculty members. Please note that some of these courses have prerequisites. Students should consult the course catalog prior to registering to ensure that they have met any department-specific prerequisites.
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