Course Descriptions Public Policy program

B.A. in Public Policy

B.A. in Public Policy

Course Descriptions

PBPL 100 PUBLIC SERVICE AS A CAREER
The mission of public service must always be in pursuit of making a difference in the lives and conditions of our society. This course seeks to stimulate and encourage students thinking about entering such a career devoted to the pursuit of effective and just responses to issues of inequality, discrimination, corruption, and environmental issues, not only in our own country but in other parts of the world. Grounded in the principles of human dignity, solidarity, subsidiarity, and the common good, this course will show Catholic social teaching in action as it critically examines public policy and service in areas of government agencies and non-profit organizations (3 credits).

ECON 120 MICROECONOMICS

ECON 130 MACROECONOMICS

PBPL 200 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
This three-credit course explores major themes and concepts relevant to an introductory course in political science, including a definition of political science, the “science” of political science, political philosophy, comparative politics, international relations, political sociology, public policy, and public opinion and behavior. The course integrates a number of social and environmental issues into these topics (3 credits).

ACCT 205 ACCOUNTING

MATH 212 INTERMEDIATE STATISTICS

PBPL 300 APPLIED STATISTICS
This course serves as an introduction to fundamental ideas in multivariate statistics using case studies. It will cover descriptive, exploratory, and graphical techniques in multivariate statistics. Also, it will cover the assumptions, limitations, and uses of basic techniques such as cluster analysis, principal components analysis, factor analysis, multivariate regression, and multivariate analysis of variance, as well as how to implement these methods on available public domain policy and economic data sets, using statistical software such as RPSS and SPSS (3 credits).

SOC 307 RESEARCH METHODS

PHIL 320 SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

PBPL 375 SURVEY INTERNSHIP
This course will examine survey research design, execution of sampling, field, data processing. Special emphasis is placed on survey research design, although qualitative research and desk research will also be covered. Additionally, the class will be a survey class that also provides a comprehensive background of methodological knowledge for the senior research project (3 credits).

PBPL 400 PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS AND CASES
This course examines the communication of public policy including the role of the media in the process.  Major conceptual themes include public policy issues such as media representation, censorship, freedom of speech and the First Amendment, the media and politics, and discussion of social and environmental issues.  The course also addresses all aspects of effective advocacy of public policy issues including crafting and delivering written and oral messages for diverse audiences including the media.  Developing and applying effective presentation skills by writing position papers, delivering policy speeches, and participating in debates is emphasized (3 credits).

PBPL 460 RESEARCH PROJECT
Students will select a topic in one of the areas of concentration and develop it into a major paper including an original research study, presenting their findings in a formal oral presentation (3 credits).