Public policy is a science dedicated to study of the policies and laws implemented by governments to address the needs of contemporary society. The bachelor of science in public policy is an interdisciplinary program aimed at exploration and analysis of the historical legacies as well as the contemporary forces that frame the policy making process. Because the world is increasingly pluralistic, public policy at CWU is not free-standing and must be combined with another major, frequently economics, environmental studies, geography, public health, political science, or sociology (students combining public policy and geography, political science, public health, or sociology will receive a bachelor of science degree in public policy and a bachelor of arts degree in geography or political science, public health, or sociology).
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Thoroughly familiar with the discipline’s vocabulary, concepts and themes, and the complexity of physical, human, and cultural systems and issues.
- Identify the patterns created through the interactions of political systems and economic systems, the networks of intra-and inter-national interdependence, and the manner in which social and legal systems modify each other.
- Communicate effectively in oral, written and a variety of graphical forms.
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze and describe political, legal, and economic systems using sound analytical techniques and principles.