Public Policy Studies
The minor in public policy studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to introduce students to the analytical skills and institutional perspective characteristic of careers in public service. Courses address the political context of policy making, alternative disciplinary approaches to policy formation and implementation, and appreciation of value conflicts in the policy process. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue substantive policy issues that draw on the expertise of Wheaton faculty members in such areas as environmental regulations, criminal justice, technological development, labor-management relations, poverty and welfare, anti-trust and regulation, and health care.
The minor consists of six courses, at least one of which must be at the 300 level, including:
ECON 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics
or ECON 102 Introduction to Microeconomics
And one course in statistical or research methods:
MATH 141 Introductory Statistics
or PSY 141 Statistics for Social Sciences
or SOC 141 Statistics for Social Sciences
or POLS 200 Modern Political Inquiry: An Introduction to Research Methods
or SOC 302 Research Methods in Sociology
Other courses may be selected by students in consultation with the coordinator. No more than three courses in any department may count toward the minor.