Jan 16, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II

Public Policy Certificate

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Public Policy is an 18-credit undergraduate minor open to students in all disciplines. Students also have an option to receive a Certificate in Public Policy by taking 9 additional credits (for a total of 27 credits).

The Roosevelt House public policy program is based on the understanding that the preparation of informed individuals is the key to a vibrant participatory democracy. The program prepares students by providing essential research and analytical skills that are important goals of a strong liberal arts education. Our graduates are unique: they span many majors from Anthropology to Political Science, Women & Gender Studies to Biology. Students have an opportunity to interact first-hand with policy experts and practitioners, both in the classroom and outside, and learn how policies are created, how communities come together to demand change, who benefits from specific policies, and how public policy impacts can be best measured. These are important skills that enable students to enter competitive graduate school programs, or to embark on careers in public affairs and the nonprofit sector at the local, national or global level.

Core Requirements

An 18-credit undergraduate minor in public policy is open to students in all disciplines. In addition to the Core Requirements, students need to take one course in each of the four basic skill areas (political, economic, quantitative and normative analysis).

Certificate in Public Policy: Substantive Policy Specialization

For the Public Policy Certificate each student will take the 6 core courses (18 credits) for the Minor 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 and should be at the 300-level or by permission of the program director. 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, social welfare, public law, human rights, ethics, international relations, international trade, education, urban affairs, environmental studies, and labor. Courses designated for the substantive specialization need approval by the director of the program.

Additional Opportunities

The Public Policy Program offers other unique opportunities to its students in the form of conferences, lectures, brown bag seminars, internships and travel. These options are designed to enrich and supplement the students’ experiences at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. 

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.


While internships are not a formal requirement to complete the program, it is a highly recommended option. Undergraduate internship programs 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. Additionally, Roosevelt House has entered into a partnership with the prestigious Brookings Institution in Washington, DC to place a few undergraduates enrolled in the Public Policy Program to work with their scholars in the summer.

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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