Dec 04, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Policy

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The Program in Public Policy is an 18-credit undergraduate minor open to students in all disciplines. Students also have an option to pursue 9 additional credits (for a total of 27 credits) to receive a Certificate in Public Policy upon graduation. The Roosevelt House program is based on the understanding that the preparation of informed citizens is essential to a healthy democracy and an important aspect of a liberal arts education. Unlike most graduate programs in public policy that are designed to prepare people for careers in the public and nonprofit sectors, the undergraduate program at Roosevelt House provides students with knowledge and skills that enable them to be active participants in a democratic society. Many of its graduates will undoubtedly go on to careers in the public and nonprofit sectors. Capable citizenship, however, is required in all walks of life; therefore the program can benefit all students regardless of their stated major, career goals, or personal objectives. To enroll in the public policy minor (18 credits) or certificate (27 credits), a student must have completed at least 45 credits of undergraduate study, with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.

Substantive Policy Specialization

For the Public Policy Certificate each student will take the 6 core courses (18 credits) and will be required to declare a substantive area of specialization comprised of 3 courses (9 credits) of additional course work. These may be grounded in a particular discipline or disciplines. Or a student may use the substantive specialization to take advantage of clusters of expertise that exist across several Hunter departments. Examples of the latter include (but are not limited to) immigration, health, aging, gender studies, macroeconomics, public finance, economic development, race and ethnicity, public law, human rights, ethics, international relations, international trade, education, urban affairs, environmental studies, employment, and social services. Courses designated for the substantive specialization need approval by the faculty advisor.

Additional Opportunities

Hunter College offers other unique opportunities to its students. These options are designed to enrich the student experience in policy curriculum.

Generic Policy Courses

Advanced courses which build on the knowledge and skills acquired in the core courses and are applicable to students in a wide range of substantive specializations.


Undergraduate internship programs currently exist in a number of academic departments which are designed to give students a chance to work in a policy-related institutional setting outside the university, either in a government
agency, nonprofit, think tank, or advocacy group. Some carry compensation, others are voluntary.

Policy Colloquia

A colloquium series will be launched at Roosevelt House that will allow students and faculty to come together several times a semester to discuss public policy issues. Guest speakers, including scholars and practitioners, with relevant expertise will be invited to discuss topics of the day either individually or in panels.

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