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Public Policy
Honors Program

The Honors Program in Public Policy combines recognition of general academic excellence with achievement in the study of a specific area of public policy.

Requirements for the Honors Program in Public Policy

The student must have declared Public Policy as a major/minor and completed at least 12 credits of course work in the major/minor in Public Policy. The student must have an overall grade point average not lower than 3.25 and a grade point average of 3.50 in the core subjects in public policy is required for admission to the honors program. The student may apply to the honors program during the sophomore or during the first semester of their junior year. Upon satisfactory completion of the honors curriculum and of courses required of all majors, students will be recommended by the Director of Public Policy to graduate with honors in public policy. The student must maintain at least the same grade point average overall and the same average in the major as were required for admission to the honors program to graduate with honors.

The Public Policy Honors Thesis and Special Course Sequences

Students in the honors program complete an honors thesis of approximately 30 pages. The paper is to be created in conjunction with a faculty mentor approved by the Director of Public Policy (and the paper may be co-authored with the chosen faculty mentor).

Students in the honors program complete 63 credits rather than the 54 normally required for the BA in Public Policy. The additional nine credits reflect the advanced work of the honors program. For three of the additional nine credits, students take one Honors Credit (PUB300) in connection with each of three 300-level classes in Public Administration and Policy. In addition to attending classes and doing the same assignments as the other students in the normal 300-level course, they will earn the fourth credit through a tutorial with the faculty member teaching the course that will include extra reading and writing assignments.

Students also take Pub 494, Honors Research, for 3 credits in the Fall of the Senior year or the Spring of the Junior year to engage in research with a faculty member designated by student and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Public Policy Program in order to generate the research necessary to complete their honors thesis. Finally, students in the Honors Program take Pub 495, the Honors Seminar, a 3 credit class that highlights the dominant intellectual arguments occurring currently in the area of public policy research. As noted above, students take Pub 496, the Honors Thesis, a 3-credit class designed to facilitate students in constructing their honors thesis into the appropriate format, in lieu of the Senior Seminar in Public Policy (Pub 499).

Additional details on the honors program in Public Policy may be found in the
Program Manual for the BA in Public Policy and Management or can be obtained from:

David Andersen, Director of the Undergraduate Program in Public Policy
Phone: 518-442-5258


Steve Jackson, Academic Advisor
Humanities B16
Phone: 518-442-3112