• Policy Studies Course Descriptions

  • 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 Curriculum

    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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    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 Curriculum

     

    *PST 101: Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy 

    (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.

    PST 110: Public Service Practicum 

    (1 credit) 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.  

    PST 121: Leadership

    (1 credit) Meets in different sections and taught by the staff of ORL, this course help students develop problem-solving and human relations skills while serving Syracuse University.

    PST 270: Experience Credit

    (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 credit.

    PST 300.2-.5/IST 343: Data in Society

    (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.

    PST 300.7: Intro to Intelligence Analysis

    (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 project.

    PAI 300.1/PSC 300.102: Education Policy

    (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 addressing challenges. 

    PAI 300.3: U.S. Intelligence Community

    (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 counterparts. 

    PAI 305/PSC 300.101: Policy Implementation

    (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.   

    *PST 315: Methods of Public Policy Analysis

    (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. 

    PST 365: Housing Policy

    (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.

    PST 367: Smart Cities and Urban Policy

    (3 Credits) [HYBRID] TTH 12:30-1:50. Taught by Professor Austin Zwick, this course investigates 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.

    PST 400.1/IST 414: Data Driven Inquiry

    (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.

    PST 400.2/IST 456: Info Policy & Decision Making

    (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.

    PAI 400/IRP 400/PAI700: Follow the Money

    (3 credits) 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.

    PST 409: Intermediate Analysis of Public Policy

    (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 through a variety of research techniques.

    *PST 410.1: Community Benchmarking

    (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.

    *PST 410.2: Non-Profits and Government Practicum

    (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. 

    *PST 410.9:  Advanced Policy Research

    (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.