Overview of Program
The unique location of the University of Charleston allows public policy majors to study government in action, connect their academic studies to practical experience, and study history, political science, and public policy in a challenging program designed to prepare our graduates for successful careers in public and private service, or in law or graduate schools.
Students majoring in Public Policy study the policymaking process, learning about the actors and institutions of government, and examining their interactions with significant “others” that influence lawmaking.
This major is interdisciplinary — the curriculum incorporates traditional political science courses as well as coursework from other disciplines that focuses on public and private sector actors in business, education, health, and other relevant disciplines.
- The program structure encourages students to double major within the program or in other fields, including history, communication, education, business, and other fields of interest to the student.
- Prestigious internship opportunities with local and state government agencies provide valuable field-work experience in the disciplines desired by the students.
- Opportunities to present student research at state, regional, and national meetings are available and encouraged.
- Students work with experienced and engaged Ph.D. faculty who are published authors and have traveled widely and taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Students must gain general admission to the University of Charleston. A visit to the campus to meet with Admissions personnel and program faculty is strongly encouraged.