A flexible joint major opportunity
In today's world - where governments and societies are continuously becoming more connected and reliant on one another - knowledge of public policy is as relevant as ever.
The Franklin & Marshall Public Policy joint major program provides excellent preparation for careers that focus on public service, including social policy, public administration, international relations or international development.
The program offers considerable opportunities for customization according to student goals. Currently, students are pursuing joint majors with Sociology, Science, Technology, and Society, Business, Organizations and Society, Government and Economics; other possibilities can be arranged to meet specific student needs.
Students experience meaningful research through our Policy Analysis Workshop, learning real-world methods of policy analysis to conduct policy research on a community issue.
The Public Policy program emphasizes public and community service. Students work closely with such public service entities as the Center for the Liberal Arts and Society, the Public Service Summer Internship Program, the Sidney Wise Public Service Internship Program and the Spalding Leadership Program.
Recent graduates of the program have been accepted into graduate-level public policy programs at Princeton University, the University of Michigan, Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, the University of Pittsburgh and the London School of Economics, among others.
Additional Course Information
PUB Electives Master List
Revised March 20, 2013. This list is not complete and is subject to amendment by the Public Policy Committee. Please contact Professor Kulik or your joint major advisor with any questions. (Note: some of these courses may have prerequisites; please check the course catalogue for complete information.)
|BOS 200||Organizing in the 21st Century: Theories of Organization|
|BOS 315||Organizational Behavior|
|BOS 316||Human Resources Management|
|BOS/ENV 335||Business and the Natural Environment|
|BOS 350||International Business|
|BOS 371||When Law Goes Pop|
|BOS 480||Corporate America|
|BOS 480||Business of Politics|
|BOS 490||Independent Study|
|ECO 130||Marxian Political Economy|
|ECO 231||Money and Banking|
|ECO 238||The Economy of Cities|
|ECO/ENV 240||Environmental and Natural Resource Economics|
|ECO/WGS 244||Women in the Economy|
|ECO 248||History of Economic Thought|
|ECO 255||Political Economy of Health Care|
|ECO 264||Introduction to International Economics|
|ECO/AFS 281||Political Economy of Africa|
|ECO/WGS 282||Women, Culture, and Development|
|ECO 315||Macroeconomic Stability|
|ECO 320||International Trade|
|ECO 325||International Finance|
|ECO 335||Economic Development|
|ECO 37X||Topics in Economics (when approved by advisor)|
|ECO 381||Postcolonial Perspectives on Development|
|ECO 430||Researching the Local Economy|
|ECO 490||Independent Study|
|ENV/STS 117||Environment and Human Values|
|ENV 216||Environmental Policy|
|ENV/GEO 250||Environmental Resources & GIS|
|ENV/AMS 280||The American Landscape|
|ENV/STS 313||Nuclear Weapons, Power and Waste Disposal|
|ENV 315||Environmental Health Risks|
|ENV 320||Environmental Law|
|ENV 344||Global Change|
|ENV/PUB 371||Asthma and Lead Poisoning|
|ENV/BIO 374||Global Change|
|GOV 120||Comparative Politics|
|GOV 130||International Politics|
|GOV 208||The American Presidency|
|GOV 211||Citizen Politics|
|GOV 219||City and State Government|
|GOV 305||Public Policy Implementations|
|GOV 330||Foreign Policy Analysis|
|GOV 334||International Political Economy (not currently offered)|
|GOV 335||International Organizations (not currently offered)|
|GOV 490||Independent Study|
|INT 200||Introduction to International Studies|
|PBH 251||Introduction to Public Health|
|PBH 303||Problem-Solving Courts|
|PBH 388||Public Health Research|
|SOC 210||Class, Status and Power|
|SOC 310||Urban Sociology|
|SOC 330||Sociology of Medicine|
|SOC 342||Political Sociology|
|SOC/WGS 350||Sociology of Gender|
|SOC/AFS 360||Race and Ethnic Relations|
|SOC 371||Sociology of Development|
|SOC/PUB 384||Urban Education|
|SOC tbd||Sociology of the Family|
|SOC 480||Sociology of Law|
|SOC 490||Independent Study|
|STS/ENV 117||Environment and Human Values|
|STS 311||History of Medicine|
|STS/ENV 313||History of Nuclear Weapons, Power and Waste Disposal|
The Joint Major program in Public Policy enables participating students to acquire skills and knowledge in a specific academic discipline while developing an understanding of the formulation and implementation of public policy strategies.
This relatively new program that began in 2006 has grown rapidly, and we continue to explore new initiatives to enhance the public policy experience.
I believe that an internship is an important component to include in your public policy training.
Recent graduates in the public policy program have interned for the US Environmental Protection Agency in both Philadelphia and Washington. Public Policy students interested in healthcare and administration had working internships at the Philadelphia Health Department and Connecticut Valley Health Center. As part of ongoing course work and independent studies, public policy students have worked with local agencies in Lancaster on children's health issues such as asthma and risks of lead exposure.
Our committee members work with our students to arrange meaningful experiences in different geographic and professional settings to enable the internship experience to broaden the student's understanding of public policy issues and implementation.
The Public Policy program attracts numerous students from Government, Economics, Business Organizations & Society, and the Environmental Science/Studies Departments. However, many other combinations are possible to meet specific student needs and career objectives. Students that have taken this path pursue careers in business, government, public health, graduate and professional schools.
If you are interested in this career path, please feel free to contact me or a professor on the public policy committee.
Director, Public Policy Program