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Summer Minor Program in U.S. Public Policy


The Tulane Summer Minor Program in Public Policy will give students a foundation for graduate school in public policy or a career in government and politics at the local, state or national level. Students will complete relevant coursework and participate in service learning that together will provide them with tools in the analysis of policy, knowledge in substantive policy areas, and experience in local government. Students completing the minor will fulfill Tulane’s Tier-2 service learning graduation requirement.


A minor in public policy requires 5 courses (15 hours/credits), including:

POLA 3240: Public Policy – preference for summer enrollment given to declared public policy minors (if students have previously completed this course, they do not have to re-take it during summer; all others must take this course during summer); NOTE: This course should only have the preferences for public policy minors during the summer, not the regular semester.

ECON 1050: Intro to Microeconomics for Public Policy – open only to declared public policy minors (students that have completed ECON 1010 prior to the summer program are exempt & must instead take 3 electives, 2 of which must be taken in summer)

POLA 4110: Policy Research Shop – open only to declared public policy minors (prerequisite: POLA 3240) – includes mandatory 20-hour service-learning requirement

Summer Elective 1 – preference given to declared public policy minors

Summer Elective 2 – preference given to declared public policy minors

Electives – Students must take two electives during the summer offered either from the list below or among any special topics offered during the summer.

ECON 3320: URBAN ECONOMICS
ECON 3340: GOVERNMENT IN THE ECONOMY
ECON 3820: ECONOMICS OF EDUCATION
POLA 4230: ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY
POLA 4250: POWER AND POVERTY IN AMERICA
POLA 4800: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND PUBLIC POLICY
POLC 6100: POLITICS & HEALTH
POLI 4530: AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
SOCI 1300: CRIMINOLOGY
SOCI 6010: RACE, CRIME AND CONTROL
SOCI 6300: URBAN POLICY & PLANNING
SOCI 6330: SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION



Important Policies

Pre- and Co-Requisites: ECON 1050 meets the pre-requisite requirement in Economics to take any 3000-level course only for declared public policy minors.All other departmental prerequisites are waived in the summer.

Minimum Grades: Students must achieve a C average (2.0) across all required coursework.


Summer Schedule

Session 1 – May 19-May 30

POLA 3240: Public Policy: For students who have not completed this course prior to Summer 2014, a 2-week intensive session will introduce the stages of the policy process and theories and frameworks to describe domestic policy-making. (Prof. J. Celeste Lay)

Session 2 – June 2-June 27 (Students choose ECON 1050 & 1 other)

ECON 1050: Micro for Pub Policy: Microeconomics with a stronger focus on public policy issues. Students that have completed ECON 1010 are exempt and instead must take an additional elective in the regular semester. This course fulfills pre-reqs for 3000-level Econ courses only for public policy minors. (Prof. Claudiney Pereira)

POLI 4010: National Security in Film: This course gives students a realistic and informed sense of the factors that influence the formulation of US national security policy. The course employs five films that demonstrate these aspects. (Prof. Chris Fettweis)

ARHS 3910: Public Policy & the Arts: This course traces the history, changing objectives and challenges of US arts policy and interrogates the arguments for a robust public arts policy. (Prof. Stephanie Porras)

Session 3 – June 30-July 25 (Students choose POLA 4110 & 1 other)

POLA 4110: Policy Research Shop: This class creates a partnership with city government to address issues of concern to the city and increase students’ knowledge of local politics. Students will work at City Hall and produce policy briefs and present their research to the relevant governmental agency. Counts for tier-2 service requirement. (Prof. Brian Brox)

SOCI 2100: Drugs, Crime & Public Policy: This class introduces students to current drug and crime-related policies in different countries, across the U.S. and in Louisiana and New Orleans. (Prof. Stephen Ostertag)

PHIL 3930: Philosophy & Public Policy: This course emphasizes the consequences for social, political and economic problems in applied ethics. Topics such as capital punishment, poverty and redistribution, liberty and pornography, and medical ethics may be covered. (Prof. Bruce Brower)

 

Additional Information

For info on tuition and fees

Complete a Major/Minor Declaration form

Contact: Professor J. Celeste Lay –  jlay@tulane.edu

 

Tulane University, School of Liberal Arts, 102 Newcomb Hall, New Orleans, LA  70118, (504) 865-5225, liberalarts@tulane.edu