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.

Message from the Director 

  • Mick Kulik

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