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Policy Studies is an interdisciplinary major that requires 10 courses, including the popular, first-year course PST 101: Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy, which meets several lower division requirements and serves as an introduction to the major.
These courses are open to any student unless otherwise
designated. Most courses 300 and above
are only open to students who have taken PST 101. Courses are in-person unless otherwise noted.
*Denotes Core Course in the PST
The Public Administration and International Affairs (PAI) courses are taught by faculty from the department of Public Administration and International Affairs, which houses Maxwell's #1-ranked MPA program.
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(3 credits) MWF 12:45-1:40. Taught by Professor
Bill Coplin, this course is structured so that students practice the full set
of skills employers want through the study of public policy.
T 5:00-6:20 Open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Meets five times
and requires 35 hours community service. Taught by Michelle Walker, this
course provides students the opportunity to develop problem-solving and human
relations skills while serving the Syracuse community.
Meets in different sections and taught by the staff of Office of Student Living, this course help
students develop problem-solving and human relations skills while serving
(1-6 credits) [ONLINE]. Students can
receive experience credit with Professor Coplin as their faculty advisor.
The experience is one in which the reflective work for the internship or job is
related to the 10 Skill Sets rather than a specific scholarly field. Students
complete a series of online assignments connected to the required 45 hours per
(3 credits). See
Time Schedule for offerings. Taught by various iSchool Professors, students
will critically examine how individuals, groups, and society create and are
created by digital data and algorithms.
Students will explore social, political, legal, and professional issues
across varying contexts including social media and the Internet of Things.
(3 credits) TH 3:30-4:50. Taught by Professor Kristen Patel, this
course explores the analytic tools and techniques used by intelligence analysts
to uncover national security and foreign policy trends. Students will focus on
critical thinking, cognitive biases, and structured analytic techniques,
completing a series of individual and group assignments, including a final
(3 credits) W 9:30-12:15. Taught by Professor Ying
Shi, Learn how schools and school districts work, learn how to develop evidence
necessary for diagnosing problems and examine education policy issues ranging
from school finance to low-achieving schools, and discuss policies for
(3 credits) MW
2:15-3:35. Taught by Professor Robert Murrett, this course will focus on
the practice, structure and governance of the intelligence field, and material
that has a direct bearing on its current posture. Students will study the
functional elements of intelligence tradecraft (human intelligence, signals
intelligence, imagery analysis, etc.), and engagement with international
(3 credits) TTH
2:00-3:20. Taught by Professor Zachary Huitink, this course examines the tools
governments use to implement public policy, and develops sought-after
skills including implementation planning, project management, working
effectively with outside organizations, and techniques for assessing how
policies impact people and communities.
(3 credits) [ONLINE] W 12:45-3:35. Open only to Majors
and by permission of Department Chair. Taught by Professor Austin
Zwick, this applied research methods course teaches how data is collected and
analyzed through completing a research report for a community client. The
motto of this course is “professionalism in practice” with the intent of
preparing students for the workforce.
(3 credits) TH
5:00-7:45 Open by permission to students who have taken PST 101. Taught
by Paul Driscoll, this course introduces housing policy at the federal, state
and local level by looking at efforts in Syracuse to provide homeownership to
the working poor and to improve the City’s housing stock.
(3 Credits) [HYBRID] TTH 12:30-1:50. Taught by
Professor Austin Zwick, this course looks at the intersection of
technology and urban planning; how digitalization, automation, and telecommunications
are changing cities. Modules focus on Economic Development, Transportation,
Privacy & Security, and Governance. Students work on a group project on a
case study city.
(3 credits). TBD. Taught by Jeffrey Stanton, this
course introduces students to a variety of approaches to answer questions in a
variety of contexts (e.g. business, society, friendships, politics). Students will learn how to ask good questions
and answer those questions ethically using a variety of data-driven approaches,
including quantitative, qualitative, and computational.
(3 credits). TTH 9:30-10:50. Taught Professor Lee
McKnight, current and emerging policy issues, policy formulation and conflict,
roles and perspectives of major actors in the policy-making process. Privacy,
freedom of information, intellectual property rights, information dissemination
and access, security classification and restriction, computer crime.
TTH 12:30-1:50. Taught by Professor Kristen Patel, this course examines how US
government agencies—law enforcement, regulators, national security
organizations, and the military—collaborate with international partners,
non-profit organizations, and the financial industry to identify, assess, and
combat financial crime threats, including money laundering, sanctions evasion,
and human trafficking.
(3 credits) MWF 11:40-1:35 Open by Special
Permission who have taken PST 101. Taught by Professor Bill Coplin, this
course introduces students to current public policy problems through a variety of research techniques.
(3 credits) T 5:00-7:45 Open by Special Permission of Instructor.
Taught by Kelsey May, learn skills necessary to develop, analyze, and
present digital solutions through a client-based project. Teams will work to
identify tasks and work streams that must be completed in order to produce the
final deliverables for clients.
(3 credits) W 5:15-8:00 Open only to Majors or
Minors or by Special Permission who have taken PST 101. Taught by Frank
Lazarski, this course requires a 90-hour internship in a local agency and
provides students with practice in most of the skills employers want. Students
complete their internship at a non-profit or government agency and develop a
strategic plan for an item or funding need of that agency.
(3 credits) [ONLINE] TTH 2:00-3:20 Open by Special
Permission to students who have taken PST 315 Taught by Professor Austin
Zwick, this course assists students in completing a policy-related honors’
thesis or a directed study research project. This class emphasizes a deep dive into
a single, focuses topic to further develop students’ research, information
literacy, writing, and presentation skills.