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Recommended Courses

Below is a list of courses that the Public Affairs Program recommends to Syracuse University students. In order to be recommended, a course must be available to all students at the university and teach students skills. If you think a course should be included on this list but does not appear, please email wdcoplin@maxwell.syr.edu.


PAF 101: An Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy

Develop research and problem solving skills to create government policies that address current social and economic problems facing the United States. Students study policy problems of their choice through community service, interviewing stakeholders and policy-makers and classroom exercises. Click here for the PAF 101 website. 3 credits, every semester

CRS 325 – Presentational Speaking

Conceptual and practical dimensions of formal presentations in organizational settings. Analysis, adaptation, strategic arrangement and development of ideas, verbal and nonverbal presentational skills. 3 credits, every semester

MAX 201 – Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences

Develop the skills necessary to analyze social science data and evaluate research, then practice these skills in a lab class using data from the General Social Survey (GSS). In the lab you will manipulate and analyze GSS data in SPSS and Excel (to a lesser degree) by creating crosstabs, charts, etc. The class culminates in a research paper for which you develop a research question and hypothesis using GSS data. The analysis section of the paper will apply all skills previously learned throughout the course. 3 credits, every semester

IST 195 – Information Technologies

As the intro course to the iSchool this course offers an overview of state-of-the-art technologies in our society. Includes weekly labs giving practical experience in everything from Photoshop, to web design, to video editing, to networking, and more. 3 credits, every semester

IST 263 – Design and Management of Internet Services

Develop the necessary skills to construct and publish documents to the World Wide Web. Start by learning basic terminology regarding web documents and technologies and move on to learning HTML and CSS. Throughout the course you will develop multiple products that are published to the web displaying your knowledge. 3 credits, every semester

CRS 325 – Presentational Speaking

Conceptual and practical dimensions of formal presentations in organizational settings. Analysis, adaptation, strategic arrangement and development of ideas, verbal and nonverbal presentational skills. 3 credits, every semester

CRS 333 – Small Group Communication

Group communication as a decision making process. Problem solving. Critical and creative thinking, presentational skills. Designed to improve decision quality through discussion skills and the strategic application of group decision theories and techniques during a semester long project. 3 credits, every semester

CRS 435 – Interviewing

Dyadic communication principles. Adaptation of interpersonal communication to interviewing situations: in-depth informational, resume-based employment, and problem solving. Analysis of student-designed survey questionnaires. Normal and stressful interpersonal relationships. 3 credits, every semester

LAW 530-M001, LAW 630-M001 – Negotiation

Chancellor Syverud offers this one-credit course that emphasizes learning the skills of negotiation by simulations in which students will negotiate and watch their classmates negotiate. Class members will conduct three negotiations — a simple sales contract, a retainer agreement between an attorney and a client, and a complex multi-party dispute. This is Pass/Fail and is offered in an intensive weekend format. You will also have the opportunity to network with the Chancellor and law students. An email will be sent to students in the fall asking for you to apply to take the course. 1 credit