Policy Studies, BA

Offered in: Chicago

The Policy Studies major at Roosevelt University is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on introducing students to various analytical techniques that will allow them to both understand both the nature of and proposed solutions to social problems. Students majoring in the Policy Studies major will be guided through an interdisciplinary approach to policy analysis, policy advocacy, and engagement in the real world policy applications. The broad learning goals for this program include developing: knowledge of the foundations of public policy; knowledge of various policy areas; knowledge of policy advocacy process; analytic abilities in regard to the policy process; research skills; and policy knowledge in one specialized area (e.g., health, environment, social welfare, and/or foreign policy Students will also explore both how social problems are defined and how policy responses are designed, implemented, and evaluated. The major also emphasizes developing students’ analytic abilities, research skills, and knowledge of various policy areas, while providing students the flexibility to study topics in a specialized area.

The Policy Studies major requires 33 credit hours of coursework. The majority of this coursework (21 credit hours) centers on core courses, including a capstone internship. The remaining 12 credit hours are taken in an area of specialization. Grades of C- or higher are required in all major courses.

Core Courses
PST 110INTRODUCTION TO POLICY STUDIES3
Policy Issues Course (select one course)3
CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES
CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL POLICY ISSUES
CONTEMPORARY URBAN ISSUES
Research Methods (Select one course)3
THE RESEARCH PROCESS
RESEARCH IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
RESEARCH METHODS
Advanced Policy Studies Coursework
PST 325COMMUNITY RESEARCH FIELDWORK3
PST 346ADVOCACY & ACTION3
ECON 370ECONOMICS OF PUBLIC POLICY3
PST 375INTERNSHIP3
Areas of Specialiation Select 12 hours from one specialization (if lab course is chosen,hours could be higher)12
Health Policy
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SERVICES
MEDICAL ETHICS AND THE LAW
ECONOMIC ISSUES IN HEALTH SERVICE
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
POVERTY, INEQUALITY, & PUBLIC HEALTH
HEALTH & SOCIETY
AMERICAN IMMIGRATION & HEALTH
SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ILLNESS
SOCIOLOGY OF DEATH, DYING & LOSS
THE BODY
Environmental Policy
TRANSIT IN TRANSITION
POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
POLITICS OF CONSERVATION
WATER
FOOD
WASTE
ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
SPRAWL, TRANSPORT, PLANNING
POLICY, LAW, ETHICS
ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
ECONOMICS OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
QUANTITATIVE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
ECOLOGY
TROPICAL MARINE BIOLOGY
ECOLOGY OF TALLGRASS PRAIRIE
APPLICATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
QUANTITATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS
Social Policy and Advocacy
POVERTY POLICY
POLITICS OF LGBT COMMUNITIES
THE CONTESTED CITY
TOPICS: ECONOMIC JUSTICE IN URBAN SETTING
US AND IL ELECTIONS
URBAN POLICY
CIVIL RIGHTS & CIVIL LIBERTIES
RACE & THE CITY
LATINO URBAN EXPERIENCE
THE SOCIOLOGY OF INEQUALITY
CRIMINOLOGY
GLOBAL CHICAGO
PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
URBAN INEQUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
SOCIAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
DIVERSITY AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
PSYCHOLOGY STUDY OF RACISM
UNDERSTANDING DIVERSITY
POVERTY & THE INDIVIDUAL
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Foreign Policy
PROBLEMS IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH
SEXUALITY, GENDER, AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
POLITICAL VIOLENCE & TERRORISM
POWER AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
INTERNATIONAL LAW I: HUMAN RIGHTS
INTERVENTION AND PEACEKEEPING
TOPICS: INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
ECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT AND UNDERDEVELOPMENT
INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND IMPERIALISM
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND BALANCE OF PAYMENTS
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives 87
Total Credit Hours120
 

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)