Each summer, analysis projects are solicited from state and local agencies and government officials. The seniors in the Public Policy Program taught by Professor Paul Gary Wyckoff are offered the option of a traditional thesis on academic subject, or a public contract thesis, in which the project has been suggested by a state or local government. In the case of a public contract thesis, the final report serves as both the student's thesis in public policy and an analysis and recommendation to the agency submitting the project. Senior projects may take one or two semesters, depending on the nature of the project. Students in this course work independently or in teams of two, and meet weekly with Professor Wyckoff.