Public Policy

The Senior Program

Public policy majors have three options for the senior project. They may take a one-semester seminar in the Government Department; they may research and write a thesis on a public policy topic, using traditional sources; or they may write a "public contract" thesis, in which they evaluate a policy or issue chosen by a state or local government in the Hamilton area.


In recent years, students' public contract projects have helped shape policy for New York State's Division of Youth, Department of Education, Office for the Aging, Division of Management and Budget, and Department of Transportation. More locally, students have worked with Oneida County's Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health and EDGE program, as well as the towns of New Hartford and Paris and the village of Clinton's Chamber of Commerce. 

Recent projects in public policy include:

  • What Will It Take to Leave No Child Behind?: Estimating the Cost of Compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act
  • Is Broadband Worth It?: The Costs and Benefits of Countywide Wireless Broadband in Otsego County, New York
  • Policy and the Morning Cup: A Comparative Analysis of Coffee Policy in Uganda and Competitor Nations
  • The Effects of School Board Member Race and Residency on Resource Allocation: A Study of Seven New York State School Districts
  • Measuring Outcomes and Effectiveness of In-Home Community-Based Long-Term Care Services for the Elderly
  • The Building of Professional Sports Stadiums: A Personification of the Elite Theory of Democracy
  • A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Videoconferencing for the New York State Division for Youth
  • The Potential Impact of a High-Stakes Testing Program For New York State High School Students
  • BOCES Consolidation: A Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Barriers to Self-Identification: An Implementation Study of the Family Violence Option in Oneida County
  • Long-Term Welfare Dependency in Oneida County, New York