New summer program offers public policy minor

April 3, 2014 11:00 AM

Greg Thomson

A 10-week Summer Minor Program in U.S. Public Policy is being offered for the first time at Tulane University. Undergraduate students will spend the summer learning about the policy process, conducting policy analysis and discussing serious public problems.


Undergraduates may enroll in a Summer Minor Program in U.S. Public Policy at Tulane University for the first time. (Image by Tracey Bellina)

The first session takes place from May 19–30, the second session runs from June 2–27 and the third session will be held from June 30–July 25. There are no pre-requisites for the program and any student can enroll regardless of college, major or class year. First-year students are encouraged to register.

Celeste Lay, an associate professor of political science and creator and director of the program, says students will study a broad array of liberal arts, including humanities and social sciences.

“Students will learn about how public policy is made in the United States,” says Lay. “They will study important policy areas and they will develop the skills to analyze and concisely write about public policy through a unique course called the Policy Research Shop, which involves service learning at City Hall and learning to conduct policy research.”

Other courses to be offered include philosophy and public policy, national security in film, drugs and crime policy, public policy in the arts and microeconomics. Students must take five courses in order to receive a minor in public policy. Students who have previously completed ECON 1010 and/or POLA 3240 may apply them toward the minor.

There is no set deadline for enrollment in the program at this time, but Lay encourages students to sign up soon. Students should print and fill out a declaration form from the website and drop it off at Norman Mayer Hall, Room 310.

For more information email Celeste Lay.

Greg Thomson is a junior at Tulane University majoring in communication.

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