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Public Policy Minor

Andrew A. Samwick, Director, Rockefeller Center

Faculty Academic Advisor: To be announced

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth coordinates the Minor in Public Policy, which is open to students from all majors who seek a coherent program of study in the field of public policy, broadly defined.

Drawing on faculty in the social sciences and interdisciplinary programs, the minor provides a variety of perspectives on policy questions, such as changes in values, institutions, technology or markets, and it enables students to pursue a focus on either domestic policy or international policy. In addition to fostering a general knowledge of the policy process, it includes a topical specialty that complements students’ course work in a major. Although the minor encourages students to enhance their analytic skills, it does not train them in the technical aspects of policy analysis. Rather, it is intended to foster a critical understanding of policy issues and solutions.

Students who wish to pursue the minor must officially sign up for it no later than the third term prior to graduation. Required courses taken for the minor may not count toward a student’s major or another minor. In addition to a prerequisite in statistics, students take six courses, as outlined below:

Prerequisite: One course employing mathematical reasoning or statistical methods. Options include: Social Science 10 or Sociology 15, Economics 10, Geography 10, Government 10, Mathematics and Social Science 15 or 45, Psychology 10. No other course is eligible for this requirement.

Requirements: A total of six courses, chosen from at least two different academic departments thus reflecting an interdisciplinary experience. The courses must include:

One (1) policymaking process course. Choices include:

Government 36

Sociology 23

Economics 2

History 19

Environmental Studies 3

Geography 16

Government 17

Four (4) courses in a policy track (students may design their own policy track). Possible tracks include:

Domestic economics and public policy

Education and public policy

Environment and public policy

Gender and public policy

Health and public policy

International relations and public policy

Law and public policy

Techniques of policy analysis

Urban issues and public policy

One (1) seminar level course. Choices include:

Policy seminar developed for the Public Policy Minor.

Social Science seminar requiring a research paper relevant to the chosen policy track.

Independent research project relevant to the chosen policy track.

81.2 Lawyers and Public Policy (Identical to Government 81.4)

05W, 05F: 10A

Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. Bohmer.

82.4 Military Statecraft in International Relations (Identical to Government 85.12)

04F, 05F: 2A

Dist: SOC or INT. Press.

83.2 Economics, Security and U.S. Foreign Policy (Identical to Government 85.14)

06S: 3A

Dist: SOC. Class of 2007 and earlier: WCult: NA. Class of 2008 and later: WCult: W. Brooks.

83.4 Health, Aging and Public Policy (Pending Faculty Approval)

05W: 2A