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 410 Econometrics
ECO 430 Researching the Local Economy
ECO 490 Independent Study
ENV/STS 117 Environment and Human Values
ENV 216 Environmental Policy
ENV/ANT 234 Population
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 309 Congress
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 273 Epidemiology
PBH 303 Problem-Solving Courts
PBH 388 Public Health Research
SOC 210 Class, Status and Power
SOC 310 Urban Sociology
SOC 320 Criminology
SOC 330 Sociology of Medicine
SOC 342 Political Sociology
SOC 345 Sexuality
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 410 Globalization
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

(revised 3/20/13)

Message from the Director 

Michael Kulik

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.

Michael Kulik
Director, Public Policy Program

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