The Public Policy major requires a total of 54 credits of coursework. The requirements focus on the actors and institutions of government, the various stages of the policymaking process, and the complex relationships that exist among those who seek to influence the process. Because it is nearly impossible to separate the influence of the private sector on the public sector, courses are also required which provide foundational knowledge of the private sector.
Introductory courses in policy analysis are also included in this core. Coursework to explicitly promote critical thinking and logic are integrated throughout the curriculum. These requirements are important for all students in the major, but especially for those who intend to pursue a law degree or other graduate degree upon completion of their undergraduate education.
Electives allow the student to add depth to a particular area of interest that they have in the field of policymaking. For example, students who are interested in attending law school are encouraged to take additional coursework in judicial politics, constitutional, or business law.
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Students must take a minimum of 66 credits outside the program to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for graduation.
Students must also, when constructing their plan of study, meet all of the Liberal Learning Outcomes required for graduation by the University of Charleston. These additional credits may be utilized to earn a second major, if the student so desires.