The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Public Policy Minor Tracks

You must complete three courses relating to a policy theme, including at least one seminar. Some possible tracks are included below. These are only examples. Other courses and tracks of study will also be considered.

Economic Policy 

Mid-level Courses

  • ECON 27: Labor Economics (13F)
  • ECON 28: Public Economics (13F, 14W, 14S)
  • ECON 39: International Trade (13F, 14W, 14S)
  • ENVS 55: Ecological Economics (14W)
  • ENVS 56: Environmental Economics and Governance (14S)
  • GEOG 20: Economic Geography and Globalization (13F)
  • GOVT 30: Politics Policy and Knowledge Economy (13F)
  • GOVT 40: Comparative Political Economy (13F)
  • SOCY 66: Markets and Management (15W)

Seminars

  • ECON: 75: Environmental and Energy Economics (13F)
  • ENVS 80.1: Science and Policy of Rapid Environmental Change (14S)
  • PBPL 81.9/GOVT 83.02: Politics and Markets (13F)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)

Education and Public Policy

Mid-Level Courses

  • EDUC 29: Policy and Politics in American Education (14W)
  • EDUC 56: STEM and Education (14W)
  • EDUC 60: Learning and Education Across Cultures (14W)
  • SOCY 58: Education and Inequality (14W)

Seminars

  • EDUC 85: Independent Reading and Research (13F, 14W, 14S)
  • EDUC 86: Research in the Schools (13F, 14W, 14S)
  • EDUC 88: Senior Seminar: Human Development and Education (14W, 14S)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)

Environment and Public Policy

Mid-level Courses

  • AAAS 50/ENVS 45/HIST 75: Colonialism, Development and the Environment in Asia and Africa (15W)
  • ECON 55/ENVS 55: Natural Resource and Ecological Economics (14W)
  • ECON 56/ENVS 56: Environmental Economics, Policy and Management (14S)
  • ENVS 12: Energy and the Environment (14S)
  • ENVS 17: Marine Policy (13F)
  • ENVS 28: Global Environmental Health (14S)
  • ENVS 44/GEOG 44: Environment and Politics in Southeast Asia (14W)
  • ENVS 50: Environmental Problem Analysis (14S)
  • ENVS 55: Ecological Economics (14W)
  • ENVS 56: Environmental Economics and Governance (14S)
  • ENVS 60: Environmental Law (13F)
  • ENVS 61: Governing the Environment (13F)
  • ENVS 65: Global Environmental Politics (14W)
  • GEOG 42/AMES 42:Environment and Development in South Asia (14S)

Seminars

  • ANTH 75: Ecology, Culture, and Environment (15W)
  • ECON 75: Environmental and Energy Economics (13F)
  • ENVS 80.1: Science and Policy of Rapid Environmental Change (14S)
  • ENVS 84: Seminar on Environmental Issues of Southern Africa (13F)
  • HIST 75: Colonialism, Development and the Environment in Asia and Africa (15W)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)

Foreign Policy 

Mid-Level Courses

  • ENGS 6: Technology and Biosecurity (14S, 15S)
  • GEOG 17: Geopolitics and Third World Development (14W)
  • GOVT 47: The Arab-Israeli Conflict (14W)
  • GOVT 49/LACS 52/WGST 31: Sex and the State in Latin America (14S)
  • GOVT 50: Topics in International Relations (13F, 14W)
  • GOVT 53: International Security (13F)
  • GOVT 54: United States Foreign Policy (14S)
  • GOVT 58: International Political Economy (14W)
  • SOCY 25: Democracy and Democratization in Developing Countries (14X)

Seminars

  • GOVT 85.08: U.S. Security Policy in the 21st Century (13F)
  • GOVT 85.12/PBPL 82.1: Military Statecraft in International Relations (14W)
  • GOVT 85.13: Chinese Foreign Policy (14S)
  • GOVT 85.16: The Causes and Prevention of Genocide and Mass Killing (13F)
  • GOVT 85.18: “Smart Diplomacy,” the National Security Enterprise, and the Shaping of U.S.-Middle East Policy (13F)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)

Health Policy

Mid-Level Courses

  • ANTH 17: The Anthropology of Health and Illness (13F, 15S)
  • ENGS 5: Healthcare and Biotechnology in the 21st Century (14S, 15S)
  • ENGS 13: Virtual Medicine and Cybercare (13F, 14F)
  • PBPL 26: Health Policy and Clinical Practice (15S)
  • ENVS 28: Global Environmental Health (14S)
  • GEOG 2/INTL 18: Global Health and Society (14W)
  • GEOG 56/ECS 155: Mapping Health and Diseases (14S)
  • HIST 36: Health Care in American Society (13F)
  • SOCY 28: Health Care and Health Care Policy (13F)
  • SOCY 34: Health Disparities (14S, 15S)
  • SOCY 35: Sociology of Mental Health (13F, 14F)
  • SOCY 68: Global Health Systems (14F)

Seminars

  • PBPL 81.2/GOVT 81.04: Lawyers and Public Policy (Not Currently Offered)
  • PBPL 84.2: Health Policy Reform (Not Currently Offered)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)

Identity and Public Policy 

Mid-Level Courses

  • AAAS 25/SOCY 46/WGST 33.1: Constructing Black Womanhood (15W)
  • AAAS 40/WGST 34.2: Gender Identities and Politics in Africa (14S, 15S)
  • GEOG 28/LACS 40/SOCY 48: Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity (14W)
  • GOVT 20/WGST 31.4: Women and Politics (14W)
  • GOVT 60: Immigration Law, Asylum and Politics (14S)
  • GOVT 68/WGST 32: Gender and the Law (14S)
  • PBPL 28/GOVT 30.09: Law, Courts, and Judges
  • SOCY 33: Self and Society (14F)
  • SOCY 44/LATS 5: Complexities of Latino Identity in the United States (14X)
  • SOCY 47: Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. (15S)
  • WGST 16: Contemporary Issues in Feminism: Theory and Practice (14S, 15S)
  • WGST 19.1: Queer Marriage, Hate Crimes, and Will & Grace (13F)
  • WGST 31.1: Sex and the State in Latin America (14S)
  • WGST 46.1: Feminism and Philosophy (15S)

Seminars

  • GOVT 84.06: Identity and Power in the Americas (14W)
  • PBPL 81.7/ANTH 16: Secrecy and Lying in Politics, Law, and Society (13F)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)

Institutions and Organizations 

Mid-Level Courses

  • ECON 25: Industrial Organization and Public Policy (14W)
  • PBPL 28/GOVT 30.09: Law, Courts, and Judges (16F)
  • PBPL 46/GOVT 30.11: Policy Implementation (17S)
  • PBPL 52/GOVT 30: Leadership and Political Institutions (13F)
  • SOCY 27: Organizations in Society (14F)

Seminars

  • GOVT 85.21: International Law and Institutions (13F)
  • PBPL 81.7/ANTH 16: Secrecy and Lying in Politics, Law, and Society (13F)
  • PBPL 81.9/GOVT 83.02: Politics and Markets (13F)
  • PBPL 82.2/SOCY 79: Ideas, Politics, and Crisis (13F)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)

International Development

Mid-Level Courses

  • AAAS 50/ENVS 45/HIST 75: Colonialism, Development and the Environment in Asia and Africa (15W)
  • ANTH 50.4: Race, Power and Development in Global Haiti (14S, 15W)
  • ECON 24: Development Economics (13F, 14S)
  • ECON 44: Topics in Development Economics (14W)
  • ECON 49: Topics in International Economics (14W, 14SL)
  • GEOG 16: Moral Economies of Development (13F, 14S)
  • GEOG 17: Geopolitics and Third World Development (14W)
  • GOVT 40: Nation and State Building in the Middle East (14S)
  • INTS 15: Violence and Security (14W, 14F, 15W)
  • INTS 16/GEOG 6: Introduction to International Development (13F, 14W)
  • INTS 17/COLT 57/AAAS 64/LATS 43: Cultures, Places, and Identities (13F, 14W, 14S, 15S)
  • INTS 18/GEOG 2: Global Health and Society (14W, 14S)
  • SOCY 22: The Sociology of International Development (14X)
  • SOCY 25: Democratization in Developing Countries (14X)

Seminars

  • GOVT 85.10: State Making and State Breaking (14S)
  • GOVT 85.12: Military Statecraft in International Relations (14W)
  • GOVT 85.13: Chinese Foreign Policy (14S)
  • GOVT 85.21: International Law and Institutions (13F)
  • ENVS 84: Seminar on Environmental Issues of Southern Africa (13F)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy

Law

Mid-Level Courses

  • PBPL 28/GOVT30.09: Law, Courts, and Judges (16F)
  • PBPL 46/GOVT 30.11: Policy Implementation (17S)
  • ENVS 60: Environmental Law (13F)
  • GOVT 60: Immigration Law, Asylum, and Politics (14S)
  • GOVT 60.03/NAS 36: Indigenous Nationalism: Native Rights and Sovereignty (13F)
  • GOVT 62: Theorizing Free Speech (14W)
  • GOVT 66: Constitutional Law, Development, and Theory (13F)
  • GOVT 67: Civil Liberties: Legal and Normative Approaches (14W)
  • GOVT 68/WGST 32: Gender and the Law (14S)
  • GOVT 69/NAS 50: Native Americans and the Law (14S)
  • PHIL 24: Philosophy of Law (14S, 15W)
  • PHIL 50: Is There a Universal Right to Free Speech? (14F)
  • SOCY 50: Sociology of Law (15S)

Seminars

  • GOVT 85.21: International Law and Institutions (13F)
  • GOVT 86.18: Contemporary Readings on Justice (13F)
  • PBPL 81.7/ANTH 16: Secrecy and Lying in Politics, Law, and Society (13F)
  • PBPL 81.9/GOVT 83.02: Politics and Markets (13F)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)
  • PHIL 80: Free Speech and Conflicts of Rights (14S)

Leadership

Mid-Level Courses

  • GOVT 35: The Presidency (14W)
  • GOVT 56: International Relations Theory (14W)
  • PBPL 51: Leadership in Civil Society (Not Currently Offered)
  • PBPL 52: Leadership in Political Institutions (13F)

Seminars

  • GOVT 85: Diplomacy (13F)
  • GOVT 85.18: "Smart Diplomacy" the National Security Enterprise and the Shaping of U.S.-Middle East Policy (13F)
  • GOVT 85.02: Leadership and Grand Strategy (14W)
  • PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership (13F)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)

Urban Studies

Mid-Level Courses

  • ECON 38: Urban and Land Use Economics (13F)
  • ECON 45: Topics in Industrial Organization (14S)
  • ECON 48: Topics in Public Economics (14W)
  • GEOG 18: Urbanization and the Environment (13F)
  • GEOG 22: Urban Geography (14W, 14X)
  • GEOG 57: Urban Application of GIS (13F)
  • GOVT 19: Polling the Public in Politics and Business (14S)
  • PBPL 48: Policy Analysis and Local Governance (Not currently offered)

Seminars

  • PBPL 81.3: Urban Politics and Public Policymaking (Not currently offered)
  • PBPL 81.3/GEOG 46: Urban Politics and Policies: Transatlantic Perspectives (Not currently offered)
  • PBPL 84.4: Cities, Suburbs, and Metropolitan Policy (Not currently offered)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)
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