Path Through the Major

links to supporting and related courses

A sample academic plan for Education and Public Policy can be found here.

We encourage selection of a concentration to structure the coursework for the third column of the curriculum check sheet for the categories of Policy Problems and Public Systems; Leadership, Decision-Making & Ethics; Diversity & Equity; and Major-Related Courses. Some examples of possible concentrations are:

Examples of coursework for the concentrations are available, just contact the major.

The courses below currently meet the requirements for sections listed within the major. This is not an exhaustive list— we encourage students to explore the many opportunities available across the university. Alternative courses may be substituted with permission of an adviser. More information about individual courses may be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin, linked here.

POLICY PROBLEMS & PUBLIC SYSTEMS

  • AG EC 450: International Development, Renewable Resources, and the Environment
  • AEE 311: Developing Youth Leadership Through Organization and Program Structure
  • AEE 440: Communication Methods and Media
  • AEE 450: Program Design and Delivery
  • COMM 401: Mass Media in History
  • COMM 405: Political Economy of Communications - Prerequisite: ECON 002
  • COMM 413: The Mass Media and the Public
  • E RRE 201 (AG EC): Introductory Environmental and Resource Economics - Prerequisite: AG BM 101 or ECON 002
  • E RRE 431W (AG EC): Economic Analysis of Environmental and Resource Policies - Prerequisite: ECON 302
  • HIST 445: The Emergence of Modern America - Prerequisites: HIST 021; 3 additional credits in history, economics, or political science.
  • HIST 447: Recent American History - Prerequisites: HIST 021; 3 additional credits in history, economics, or political science
  • HIST 448: American in the 1960s  - Prerequisite: HIST 021
  • LER 100 (GS): Employment Relations
  • LER 201 (GS): Employment Relationship: Law and Policy
  • PL SC 007 (GS): Contemporary Political Ideologies
  • PL SC 014 (GS): International Relations
  • PL SC 110 (GS;US): Rights in America
  • PL SC 125: Pennsylvania Government and Politics
  • PL SC 130: (GS;US): American Political Campaigns and Elections
  • PL SC 403 The Legislative Process - Prerequisite: PL SC 001 or PL SC 003
  • PL SC 409: Democratic Deliberation - Prerequisite: PL SC 001
  • PL SC 426 Political Parties and Interest Groups - Prerequisite: PL SC 001 
  • PL SC 428: Gender and Politics
  • PL SC 474: Civil Liberties and Due Process
  • SOC 030 (GS): Sociology of Family
  • SOC 406: Sociology of Deviance
  • SOC 424: Social Change
  • SOC 432: Social Movements - Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology
  • SOC 440: Family Policy
  • WMNST 301: Sexualities, Gender, and Power: Feminist Thought and Politics

LEADERSHIP, DECISION-MAKING, & ETHICS

  • AEE 360: Leadership Development for Small Groups
  • AEE 440: Communications Methods and Media (also listed under POLICY PROBLEMS & PUBLIC SYSTEMS)
  • AEE 460: Foundations in Leadership Development - Prerequisite: AEE 360
  • AEE 465: Leadership Practices: Power, Influence, & Impact
  • CED 152: Community Development Concepts and Practice - Prerequisite: SOC 001, ECON 104
  • CED 417: Power, Conflict and Community Decision Making - Prerequisite: SOC 001
  • CIVCM 211: Foundations: Civic and Community Engagement
  • CN ED 100: Effective Career Decision Making
  • COMM 409: News Media Ethics
  • EDLDR 409 Leadership Studies in Popular Film - Prerequisite: EDTHP 115, junior standing, or permission of program
  • EDLDR 480 Introduction to Educational Leadership  - Prerequisite: 3 credits in social science, sociology, anthropology, community development, business administration or political science
  • ENGR 407: Technology Based Entrepreneurship - Prerequisite: ECON 002 or ECON 004
  • ENGR 408: Leadership Principles
  • PHIL 010: Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 012: Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 103: Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 119 (GH): Ethical Leadership
  • PHIL 418: Ethnics - Prerequisite: 9 credits of PHIL including PHIL 103 or 6 credits at 200 PHIL level
  • PSYCH 485: Leadership in Work Settings - Prerequisite: PSYCH 100; PSYCH 281 or 3 credits MGMT
  • R SOC 305W: Leadership for Social Change

DIVERSITY & EQUITY

  • BBH 251: Straight Talks I: Advanced Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Peer Education
  • EDPSY 010: Individual Differences in Education
  • GEOG 425: Geography of Race, Class, and Poverty in America
  • GEOG 436 Ecology, Economy, and Society
  • PHIL 008 (GH) (WMNST): Philosophy and Feminism
  • PHIL 009 (GH;US):  Philosophy, Race, and Diversity
  • PHIL 437: World Philosophies and Culture - Prerequisite: 9 credits of philosophy, including 6 credits of philosophy at the 200 level
  • PL SC 467: International Relations of the Middle East - Prerequisite: PL SC 014 or HIST 181
  • SOC 103: Racism and Sexism
  • SOC 110: (GS;US): (WMNST): Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 119: (GS;US): Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 409:  Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America (also listed under LEADERSHIP, DECISION-MAKING, & ETHICS)
  • SOC 422 World Population Diversity - Prerequisite: 3 credits in Sociology
  • SSED 200: Essentials of American Heritage for heritage interpretative education application - Prerequisite: 3 credits in US History
  • WMNST 102 (GH;IL) (AAA S): Women of Color Cross-cultural Perspective
  • WMNST 110 (GS;US) (SOC): Sociology of Gender
  • WMNST 136 (US): Race, Gender, and Employment
  • WMNST 428 (US;IL) (PL SC 428) Gender and Politics - Prerequisite: 3 credits in political science or women's studies  
  • WMNST 455 (US) (CAS): Gender Roles in Communication - Prerequisite: CAS 202