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Public policy is a discipline that explores the role and impact of decision-making by governments. The discipline includes knowledge of both process and substance of a particular policy area. Thus, a student in public policy must have both generalist and specialist skills to apply to a particular public problem. In terms of political process, the study of public policy examines questions of how public policy is formulated, implemented, and evaluated over time. It also explores notions of agenda-setting and framing of issues that lead to a problem gaining the attention of the government. Public policy specialists and analysts are hired by all levels of government. During the past several years in addition to the government sector, the nonprofit and private sectors have sought public policy analysts for employment. Therefore, the curriculum prepares students for being public policy specialists in both the private and nonprofit sectors in addition to the public sector. The curriculum also is tailored to prepare students who would like to continue their education in graduate programs or law schools. The faculty members of the department work closely with students to place them in internships, and when possible, employment positions.
The Public Policy Studies Department (PPS) offers an undergraduate degree (BA). Students take a common core of courses dealing with public policy theories, processes, methods of public policy analysis, and important environmental and urban policy issues. In addition, a data analysis course is required that the student selects from a list of approved courses. Microeconomics or statistics is strongly encouraged.
A capstone course reconvenes the students at the end of their curriculum to study a public policy problem in-depth under the direction of a public policy professor. The capstone changes approximately every three years, to reflect a current issue on the public policy agenda.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Liberal Studies Requirements||84|
|Total hours required||192|
Students will be able to:
- Identify the historical and interdisciplinary aspects of public policy.
- Differentiate public policy problems from interdisciplinary integrative solution.
- Recognize the complexities and dynamics of contemporary societies within the context of making policy.
- Describe how significant contextual factors such as race, gender, religion, culture, ideology, economics and politics affect policymaking.
- Describe from multiple perspectives the potential social, economic, political, and environmental consequences of such policy.
- Identify and explain the professional ethics of policy analysts and problems through a socially responsible framework.
- Evaluate and critique decision-making processes from an ethical perspective that is relevant to changing environments resulting from technology, globalization, and other forces.
- Perform quantitative, analytical, and methodological skills to distinguish fact from fiction in issues of public policy.
- Critique the arguments of others through identifying and organizing the constituent parts of complex ideas.
- Explain data collection methods and forms of data analysis.
- Manipulate, compare, and critique quantitative and qualitative data to identify potential policy outcomes and impacts across multiple contexts.
- Write and speak on policy issues for purpose of drafting proposals, constructing persuasive arguments for making policy decisions, and generating potential solutions to given problems.
- Use and present graphic materials to both lay and professional audiences.
- Generate potential solutions to given problems, recognizing potential resource constraints, relevant political institutions, policy consequences, and other facts associated with these potential solutions.
College Core Requirements
Study in the Major Field
The student’s course of study in the College consists of three parts: Liberal Studies, the major field, and electives. Together these three parts contribute to the liberal education of the student which is the common purpose of all study in the College. By “liberal education” the College understands not only a deep and thorough knowledge of a particular area of study but a knowledge of the diverse areas of study represented by criticism, history, the arts, the behavioral and social sciences, philosophy, religious studies, the natural science, and mathematics.
The major field program generally is built upon a set of core courses and a specialized “concentration.” The number of courses required for a major varies by department. Most students go beyond the minimum requirements, electing additional courses which both broaden and deepen their understanding of their chosen discipline.
Because no academic major program is built in isolation, students are required to pursue a number of electives of the student’s choice. The inherent flexibility of this curriculum demands that the student consult an academic advisor at each stage in the total program and at least once prior to each registration.
Students will be prompted to visit the College Office for their official graduation check early in their senior year.
Declaration of Major, Minor and Concentration
All students in the College are required to declare a major field prior to beginning their junior year. The student will then be assigned a faculty advisor in the major field department or program and should make an appointment to see that advisor at his or her earliest convenience.
Students must declare or change majors, minors, and concentrations, via Campus Connection. However, for the purpose of exploring the possibility of changing a major field, the student should consult an academic advisor in the Office for Academic Advising Support.
The Modern Language Requirement (MLR)
All students will be required to demonstrate competence in a modern language (i.e., a language other than English) equivalent to the proficiency attained from one year of college-level language study. This Modern Language Requirement (MLR) may be demonstrated by:
- placing into 104 or above on the DePaul language placement exam
- completing the last course or earning AP/IB credit for the last course in the first-year college sequence of any language (e.g. 103 for DePaul language classes)
- completing a college course or earning AP/IB credit for a college course beyond the first-year level in any language (e.g. 104 or above for DePaul language classes)
- completing the final course of a four-year sequence of the same modern language in high school1
- completing a proctored exam by BYU and passing the exam (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
- completing a proctored Written Proficiency Test (WPT) by Language Testing International (LTI) and achieving a score of Beginner High or above (see the Department of Modern Languages website for registration details)
Students are strongly encouraged to take the DePaul language placement exam even if they have met the MLR via study of a language in high school. This will ensure continuation of language study at the proper level.
Students who complete an Inter-College Transfer (ICT) to the College will abide by this MLR in place on the effective date of the ICT, regardless of when they first matriculated at DePaul.
Students who have met the MLR and wish to pursue further work in the language may elect the “Modern Language Option” (MLO) of the Liberal Studies Program (see "Special Programs").
External Credit and Residency
A student who has been admitted to the College begins residency within the college as of the first day of classes of the term in which the student is registered. Students in residence, whether attending on a full-time or part-time basis, may not take courses away from DePaul University without the written permission of the college. Permission must be obtained in advance of registration to avoid loss of credit or residency in the college; see the LAS website for more information.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.
|First Year Program||Hours|
|LSP 110 |
or LSP 111
|DISCOVER CHICAGO |
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
|LSP 112||FOCAL POINT SEMINAR||4|
|WRD 103||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1||4|
|WRD 104||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1||4|
|Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy|
|LSP 120||QUANTITATIVE REASONING & TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY I 2||4|
|LSP 121||QUANTITATIVE REASONING AND TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY II 2||4|
|Multiculturalism in the US|
|LSP 200||SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES||4|
|Select one of the following:|
|PPS 393||CAPSTONE: GENTRIFICATION 1||4|
|PPS 394||CAPSTONE: GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE 1,3||4|
Students must earn a C- or better in this course.
Readiness for LSP 120 is determined by the math placement test taken online after admission. Students may need to take developmental coursework prior to LSP 120. The LSP 120 requirement may be waived by credit already earned for advanced math coursework or by passing a dedicated proficiency exam. Students who complete both LSP 120 and LSP 121 take one less Learning Domain course. Students may not apply the course reduction to any Domain where only one course is required, and if taken within the SI Domain, the reduction cannot be applied to the SI Lab or SWK requirement.
A student majoring in Public Policy Studies (PPS) is required to complete the Capstone offered by the PPS Department. This is the case even if a student is double majoring (or pursuing a dual degree) and the secondary major (or degree) requires its own Capstone. A PPS major in the University Honors Program shall take the University Honors Capstone and the PPS Capstone.
- 3 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 3 Courses Required
[1 SWK Course, 1 Lab Course, and 1 Additional Course]
- 1 Course Required
Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.
In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.
|PPS 200||INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY||4|
|PPS 205||PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS||4|
|PPS 206||QUANTITATIVE PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS||4|
|PPS 300||APPLIED URBAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS||4|
|PPS 301||PUBLIC POLICY AND THE POLITICAL PROCESS||4|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|CAPSTONE: GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE 1|
|Select one course in Economics, Statistics, or Data Analysis from the following:||4|
|ELEMENTS OF STATISTICS|
|INTRO STATS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES|
|PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS|
|GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I: DIGITAL MAPPING|
PPS Capstone requirement counts toward the LSP Senior Year Capstone requirement
Elective PPS Courses
Choose seven courses: Twenty credit hours of 300 level required. Eight credit hours may be from Approved Courses outside of PPS
|PUBLIC POLICY AND URBAN ISSUES|
|PUBLIC POLICY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES|
|ISSUES IN NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT|
|CITIES, GLOBALIZATION AND PUBLIC POLICY|
|CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY|
|NATIONAL PARKS POLICY AND GOVERNANCE|
|SUSTAINABLE LAND REVITALIZATION AND BROWNFIELDS DEVELOPMENT POLICY|
|ISSUES IN URBAN REDEVELOPMENT|
|THE POLICY AND POLITICS OF URBAN HOUSING|
|ISSUES IN URBAN EDUCATIONAL POLICY|
|INEQUALITY AND PUBLIC POLICY|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES|
|GREAT LAKES GOVERNANCE POLICY AND MANAGEMENT|
|PUBLIC SPACES AND SOCIAL CONTROL|
Approved Courses outside of PPS
|CHILD AND FAMILY IN THE URBAN COMMUNITY|
|IMPACT OF PUBLIC POLICY ON FAMILIES OF YOUNG CHILDREN|
|ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS|
|ECONOMICS OF LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES|
|GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II: COMMUNITY GIS|
|SUSTAINABLE URBAN TRANSPORTATION|
|TOPICS IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES|
|INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS|
|TOPICS IN GLOBAL URBANISM|
|ADVANCED TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS|
|REAL ESTATE ANALYSIS|
|POLICE AND THE URBAN COMMUNITY|
|CRIMINAL- LEGAL SYSTEM: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES|
|GENDER, CRIME AND JUSTICE|
|SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY|
Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.