Q1: What differentiates the Bachelor of Science in Public Policy (BSPP) from the other majors (Economics, Political Science, and Sociology) in the School of Public Policy?
A: The public policy major draws from multiple disciplines to critically examine how policy is shaped by and responds to the confluence of economic, political and social forces. The primary focus of the public policy major is to teach you how to identify, investigate, and propose policy solutions for the complex issues challenging communities today. In contrast, political science primarily focuses on political systems, institutions, and how people interact with them.
Q2: What are the benefits of an interdisciplinary major?
A: Your major shapes the lens through which you view the world and approach problem-solving. An interdisciplinary major actively trains you to use multiple lenses, separately and together, giving you a nuanced and flexible approach to understanding and addressing the different angles of an issue. It can broaden the questions you choose to ask and the perspectives you think to consider.
Q3: I was told that usually major classes cannot also count for Bacc Core and CLA Core classes, so why can ECON 201, PS 201, SOC 204, and MTH 245/ST 351 count for the public policy major AND those core classes?
A: University policy is that classes within a major's department cannot also be used to satsify core requirements. Since the BSPP is an interdisciplinary major and its intro courses are housed in different departments, those courses can simultaneously count toward the major and core requirements. Because the BSPP is a large major, it is recommended that these four courses be used to satisfy Social Processes & Institutions, Social Sciences, Additional CLA Course, and one B.S. required math course.
Q3: Can I take classes online?
A: Yes. You can complete the entire BSPP online, on campus, or as a hybrid of both. While Ecampus does not offer every elective accepted by each major specialization, there are sufficient online offerings for you to complete whichever specialization interests you without ever coming to campus.
Q4: Can I complete the program part time?
A: You are welcome to complete the major as a part time student. You will work with the BSPP advisor to create a course plan that will insure you take required courses in the terms that they are available.
Q5: How do I declare a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy?
To declare the BSPP, make an appointment with the public policy major advisor. On campus students will meet with her in person. Distance or Ecampus students have the option to schedule a video or phone appointment.
Q1: What kind of jobs can I get with the BSPP?
A: The BSPP prepares graduates for a broad spectrum of high-impact careers in the government, nonprofit and private sectors. These include policy analysis, criminal justice, social services administration, management consulting, environmental advocacy, and much more. Our BSPP advisor can advise you on exploring different career areas and how to position yourself to pursue the jobs that fit your interests, needs, and skills.
Q2: How can I get experiences beyond academics to prepare me for the workforce?
A: The BSPP does have a practicum element devised to give you experiences and skills that are valuable to employers. However, you should look into other opportunities based on your existing experience levels, financial needs, and professional goals. These opportunities include college activities, volunteer work, internships, study abroad, and more. You should meet with our BSPP advisor to learn more and develop a plan for your professional growth.
Q3: My schedule is not very flexible, so how will I be able to complete the practicum requirement for the program?
A: The practicum aspect of the curriculum is designed to be flexible to meet your needs and interests. It can be satisfied through an internship, work experience, volunteer work, a research paper, a project, or possibly something else. Your practicum experience may be a continuation of something you’re already engaged in or an opportunity to start something new. Its purpose is for you to gain experiences connected to public service and policy so that you can build your professional portfolio and be a competitive applicant in the job market.