Master of Arts in the Field of Public Policy with a Concentration in Philosophy and Social Policy

The interdisciplinary program in public policy with a concentration in philosophy and social policy brings the normative, historical, and analytical-logical skills of philosophical inquiry to bear upon contemporary problems of social policy. The program is affiliated with the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

Two options are available at the discretion of the faculty.  Thesis option—30 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 6 credits in thesis; non-thesis option—36 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses.  

Required
Four of the following:
PHIL 6230Ethical Issues in Policy Arguments
PHIL 6231Seminar: Economic Justice
PHIL 6238Feminist Ethics and Policy Implications
PHIL 6242Philosophy, Law, and Social Policy
PHIL 6250Topics in Health Policy
PHIL 6262Normative Issues in Foreign Policy
PHIL 6281Environmental Philosophy and Policy
One course from each of the following groups:
Group A
PPPA 6010Politics and The Policy Process
PSC 8212Urban Policy Problems
Group B
ECON 6217Survey of Economics I
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6248Health Economics
Group C
PSC 6103Approaches to Public Policy Analysis
PPPA 6006Policy Analysis
SOC 6248Race and Urban Redevelopment
WSTU 6240Women and Public Policy
WSTU 6265Women, Welfare, and Poverty
HIST 6011Reading and Research in History and Public Policy
Group D
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics (or substitute as approved by the advisor)
For thesis option:
PHIL 6998Thesis Research
PHIL 6999Thesis Research
Electives
Electives may focus on a particular policy area (e.g., biomedical/health care, urban/welfare, or environmental policy), or may explore varied approaches and policy issues.
Other requirements
Successful completion of a master's comprehensive examination.