Courses and Requirements
The goal of Hamilton's Public Policy Program is to prepare students to examine, shape and participate in civic life in all its dimensions.
one of the following sequences:
Econ 101 and 102 and Math 252, 253 or 254
Economics 100 and 166 (Students must receive instructor permission to enroll in 166 if they have already taken Government 230.)
two of the following ethics courses:
Biology 223 -- Bioethics
Classics 350 -- Ethics and Politics in Ancient Greece and Rome
Literature 152 -- Literature and Ethics
Philosophy 114 — Ethics of Belief
Government/Philosophy 117 — Introduction to Political Theory
Philosophy 125 -- Philosophy and Incarceration
Philosophy 206 --Ethical and Social Issues in the Digital Age
Philosophy 219 -- Introduction to Moral Theory
Philosophy 221 -- Food and Philosophy
Philosophy 235 — Environmental Ethics
Philosophy 307 -- The Concept of Authority
Philosophy 411 -- The Ethics and Politics of Food
Philosophy 431 — Kant
Philosophy 450 -- Ethical Theory
Philosophy 452 -- Evolution and Morality
Religious Studies 260/460 -- The Self Beyond Itself
and one of the following “issue areas” courses:
Economics 318 -- The Economics of Technology and Innovation
Economics 325 — Comparative Economic Systems
Economics 331 — International Trade Theory and Policy
Economics 333 -- Development and Social Change
Economics 340 — Economic Development
Economics 341 -- Energy Economics
Economics 348 -- Economics of Social Responsibility
Economics 350 — Economics of Poverty and Income Distribution
Economics 360 — Health Economics
Economics 378 -- Economics of Gender
Economics 380 — Environmental Economics
Economics 390 -- Labor Economics
Economics 415 -- Economics of Higher Education
Economics 433 -- International Finance
Economics 435 -- Industrial Organization Theory and Applications
Economics 440 — Public Economics
Economics 446 -- Monetary Policy
Economics 453 -- Economic Development in Latin America
Government 212 -- Climate Change
Government 273 -- Law and Justice Laboratory : Seminar in the Criminal Justice System in Oneida County, New York
Government 285 — Introduction to Environmental Politics
Government 287 -- Political Theory and the Environment
Government 335 — Criminal Law
Government 338 -- American Public Administration
Government 340 -- Race and American Democracy
Government 356 -- The Political Theory of Personal Privacy
Government 359 -- The Organization and Politics of American Policing
Government 360 -- The Politics and Theory of Place and Space
Government 363 -- Poverty and Development
Government 365 -- Free Speech Theory
Government 376 -- Government Failure? The American Administrative State
Government 389 -- Capitalism, Democracy, and the Workplace
Sociology 204 -- Social Class in American Society
Sociology 216 -- Sociology of Aging
Sociology 223 -- Law and Society
Sociology 226 -- The Sociology of Health and Illness
Sociology 278 -- Race, Class, Gender
Sociology 308 -- Issues in Higher Education
Sociology 319 -- Globalization and Its Discontents
Sociology 326 -- The Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
Sociology 345 -- Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in Urban America
Sociology 372 -- Sociology of Disability
Sociology 373 -- Seminar on the Constitution and Social Policy
Students are strongly encouraged to take Economics 100 and Government 116 in their first year, and to take Government 230 and Public Policy 251 in their sophomore year. No student may declare a concentration in public policy without either completing or being enrolled in 251. Concentrators must complete the following courses by the end of the junior year: 251; 382; Economics 100 or 101; Economics 102 or 166; Government 116 and 230; one of the required courses in ethics; and one of the “issue areas” courses listed above. The Senior Project may be completed in one semester (500) or two semesters (500-501). Concentrators fulfill the college’s Social, Structural, and Institutional Hierarchies (SSIH) requirement by completing Public Policy 251 and 382. To qualify for honors in public policy, a student must submit a distinguished record in the concentration and perform with distinction in the Senior Project.
After declaring the concentration, students may not take any course on a credit/no credit basis if the course will be used to fulfill concentration or minor requirements.
Credit from the Term in Washington Program may be substituted for up to two of the courses required for the concentration, with the approval of the program director. Students interested in pursuing graduate study in public policy or public administration are encouraged to take additional courses in economics, in substantive areas of public policy, and in mathematics and statistics.
A minor in public policy consists of 251, Economics 100 or 101, Economics 102 or 166, Government 230, and one of the required ethics courses above. If the student’s concentration is in economics, government or philosophy, these courses cannot count in both the student’s concentration and the minor. Instead, courses that are required for both the concentration and the minor will be used to satisfy concentration requirements, and they will be replaced by alternative courses in the minor requirements. These alternative courses will be chosen by the program director in consultation with the chair of the student’s concentration department. In addition to the required courses, there are many other courses in the College curriculum that will be of interest to public policy concentrators. Students interested in the concentration should consult as early as possible with Professor Wyckoff.
The Pursuit of Happiness.
What is human happiness? What factors increase or decrease it? Why are some countries and cultures happier than others? How can government policies promote happiness? This course considers:-- the nature of happiness from the major philosophical traditions, --the cognitive biases that impede our ability to maximize happiness, --the empirical literature on subjective well-being from the fields of economics, political science, and psychology, --recent trends in capitalist societies and their effects on happiness, and --government policies that might improve human happiness. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Prerequisite, One course in statistics, from any discipline. (American Politics) (Same as Government 247 and Public Policy 247.)
The Pursuit of Happiness.
What is human happiness? What factors increase or decrease it? Why are some countries and cultures happier than others? How can government policies promote happiness? This course considers:-- the nature of happiness from the major philosophical traditions, --the cognitive biases that impede our ability to maximize happiness, --the empirical literature on subjective well-being from the fields of economics, political science, and psychology, --recent trends in capitalist societies and their effects on happiness, and --government policies that might improve human happiness. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Prerequisite, One course in statistics, from any discipline. (American Politics) (Same as Public Policy 247 and Government 247.)
Introduction to Public Policy.
The study of policy analysis using and comparing a variety of disciplinary and analytic traditions. Consideration of controversies over particular policies at the national and local level and the premises underlying them. Examination of methods and principles used in formulating and evaluating public policy. (Social, Structural, and Institutional Hierarchies.) (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Prerequisite, Economics 100 or 101. Open to seniors with consent of instructor. (American Politics) (Same as Government 251.) Anechiarico.
Comparative Health Policy.
Investigation of health policy from a comparative perspective. The course introduces fundamental concepts in health policy and examines different health care systems across the globe as well as case studies in health care delivery and public health. (Comparative Politics) Prerequisite, GOVT 112, GOVT/PPOL 251 or consent of the instructor. (Same as Government 252.) Maximum enrollment, 20. Brodin.
Conflict Resolution: Policies and Strategies.
This course examines conflict from a variety of perspectives. We will investigate how arbitration, adjudication, and mediation differ, in addition to exploring how the policies and strategies of cultural and legal institutions dictate different approaches to mediation. Societies cope with conflict by enacting policies consistent with their culture and values. This course examines conflict resolution policies in the U.S. and abroad, including the legal system, the media, the educational sector, and international dispute resolution. Prerequisite, 101, 103, 106, 230 or consent of instructor. (Same as Communication 280.)
Levitt Leadership Institute: Leadership in Movements and Organizations.
This course focuses on understanding community-mobilization, organizational leadership models and perspectives for creating social change. It will promote an intersectional understanding of campus and community conditions that give rise to damaging experiences. Students will collaboratively develop leadership change strategies that oppose more common, “expert”-driven approaches. Required field study: week one of spring break. Prerequisite: participation in LLI (January) and Intro level WMGST, PPOL, AFRST, or SOC course and consent of the instructor. Prerequisite, WMGST, PPOL, AFRST, or SOC course and consent of the instructor. SSIH with consent of department (Same as College Courses and Seminars 341.) Maximum enrollment, 20. Margo Okazawa-Rey.
Topics in Public Policy.
The application of theories and methods of evaluation, design and implementation in an intensive study of a significant problem of public policy. Emphasis on skills of analysis, writing and group problem-solving. Coursework may be supplemented by field work as well as participation by scholars and practitioners sponsored by the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center. (Writing-intensive.) (Social, Structural, and Institutional Hierarchies.) Prerequisite, 251. (American Politics) (Same as Government 382.) Maximum enrollment, 18.
Program evaluation for social change.
Examination of program evaluation as a sound methodology for assessing the quality of proposed government interventions and for judging the success or failure of initiatives. We will explore theory, techniques, and tools to design high-impact programs. Best practices and cases will be employed to assist class participants as they explore solutions to vexing social problems. Students will ultimately build their own proposed program using the Bloomberg iTeams approach. Prerequisite, Consent of the department. (Same as Government 432.) Maximum enrollment, 12. Mea.
A one- or two-semester senior project, culminating in a thesis. The Program.
(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)