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Public Policy

Your courses will focus on the outcomes of government decisions and take a practical approach to real-world problems. As a senior public policy major, you will have the option of evaluating a policy or issue submitted by a local government. You could help shape public policy; other students have.


Genevieve Caffrey ’17 on Skeppsholmsbron, a bridge that connects two of Stockholm’s islands.

Reforming foster care through public policy

During her study at The Swedish Program at the Stockholm School of Economics, Genevieve Caffrey ’17 is focusing on comparative public policy courses that look at the Swedish and Scandinavian models of welfare and government policies. Back on the Hamilton College campus she’s found opportunity within her public policy major to explore U.S. foster care administration, which is a deep interest for Caffrey, who has been a foster sister.

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Jen Kleindienst '09, front left, in sunglasses, with a student-designed water wagon at Wesleyan University.

A graduate’s progress: a master’s and an ideal job

Jen Kleindienst ’09 became Wesleyan University’s first sustainability coordinator in July 2012, and if she had to pick a favorite project on the job so far, it would be "The Wishing Well,", a student-designed water wagon that can roll into an outdoor event.

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