Completion of the Social Policy Analysis major requires a minimum of 42 hours. The core curriculum includes five foundation courses that will provide students with the theoretical foundations and analytic tools they need to successfully study the complex and multifaceted nature of social problems and social policy. The core also includes six advanced courses where students apply these skills to design, conduct, and evaluate social policy research and analysis. The major culminates in the completion of a required capstone project.
The major includes 15 hours of coursework in three core areas of social policy: groups and identities, institutions, and policy processes and outcomes. As the substantive body of the Social Policy Analysis major, these courses provide students with an understanding of social problems, institutions, and the processes and outcomes of social policy. Students are required to take at least one course in each of the three areas of specialization, and a total of 15 hours, from the list of approved courses or with the approval of the major adviser.