Policy Studies, Minor

Offered in: Chicago

The Policy Studies minor at Roosevelt University is an interdisciplinary minor  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 minoring in Policy Studies 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 minor 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 minor requires 18 credit hours of coursework.
  • 12 credit hours of core courses
  • 6-10 credit hours in area of specialization (science lab courses are 4 or 5 credit hours).
  • At least 6 credit hours must be taken at Roosevelt University, of which at least 3 credit hours must be 300 level
  • 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
PST 325COMMUNITY RESEARCH FIELDWORK3
PST 346ADVOCACY & ACTION3
Areas of Specialization Select 2 courses from one specialization6-10
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
Total Credit Hours18-22