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.

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 (17F)
  • ECON 28: Public Economics (17F, 18W)
  • ECON 39: International Trade (17F, 18W, 18S)
  • ENVS 55: Ecological Economics (18W)
  • ENVS 56: Environmental Economics and Governance (18S)
  • GEOG 20: Economic Geography and Globalization (18W)
  • GOVT 30: Politics Policy and Knowledge Economy (13F)
  • GOVT 40: Comparative Political Economy (13F)
  • PBPL 43/ECON 77: Social Entrepreneurship (18W, 19W)
  • SOCY 66: Markets and Management (Not currently offered)

Seminars

  • ECON: 75: Environmental and Energy Economics (Not currently offered)
  • ENVS 80.1: Science and Policy of Rapid Environmental Change (Not currently offered)
  • PBPL 81.9/GOVT 83.02: Politics and Markets (18W)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)

Education and Public Policy

Mid-Level Courses

  • EDUC 20: Education Issues in Contemporary Society (18W)
  • EDUC 29: Policy and Politics in American Education (Not currently offered)
  • EDUC 56: STEM and Education (18W)
  • EDUC 60: Learning and Education Across Cultures (17F)
  • SOCY 58: Education and Inequality (19W)

Seminars

  • EDUC 85: Independent Reading and Research (All Terms Arrange)
  • EDUC 86: Research in the Schools (Not currently offered)
  • EDUC 88: Senior Seminar: Human Development and Education (Not currently offered)
  • 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 (18S, 19S)
  • 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 (18S)
  • ENVS 17: Marine Policy (17F)
  • ENVS 28: Global Environmental Health (18W)
  • ENVS 44/GEOG 44: Environment and Politics in Southeast Asia (Not currently offered)
  • ENVS 50: Environmental Problem Analysis (18S)
  • ENVS 55: Ecological Economics (18W)
  • ENVS 56: Environmental Economics and Governance (18S)
  • ENVS 60: Environmental Law (17F)
  • ENVS 61: Governing the Environment (18S)
  • ENVS 65: Global Environmental Politics (18W)
  • GEOG 42/AMES 42:Environment and Development in South Asia (Not currently offered)

Seminars

  • ANTH 75: Ecology, Culture, and Environment (17F)
  • ECON 75: Environmental and Energy Economics (Not currently offered)
  • ENVS 80.1: Science and Policy of Rapid Environmental Change (Not currently offered)
  • ENVS 84: Seminar on Environmental Issues of Southern Africa (17F)
  • HIST 75: Colonialism, Development and the Environment in Asia and Africa (18S, 19S)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)

Foreign Policy 

Mid-Level Courses

  • ENGS 6: Technology and Biosecurity (Not currently offered)
  • GEOG 17: Geopolitics and Third World Development (18S, 19S)
  • 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 (18X)

Seminars

  • GOVT 85.08: U.S. Security Policy in the 21st Century (13F)
  • GOVT 85.12/PBPL 82.1: Military Statecraft in International Relations (18W)
  • 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 (Not currently offered)
  • ENGS 5: Healthcare and Biotechnology in the 21st Century (Not currently offered)
  • ENGS 13: Virtual Medicine and Cybercare (17F)
  • PBPL 26: Health Policy and Clinical Practice (18S)
  • ENVS 28: Global Environmental Health (18W)
  • GEOG 2/INTL 18: Global Health and Society (17F, 18W, 19W, 19S)
  • GEOG 56/ECS 155: Mapping Health and Diseases (18S, 19S)
  • HIST 36: Health Care in American Society (17F)
  • SOCY 28: Health Care and Health Care Policy (Not currently offered))
  • SOCY 34: Health Disparities (18W)
  • SOCY 35: Sociology of Mental Health (17F)
  • SOCY 68: Global Health Systems (19W)

Seminars

  • PBPL 81.2/GOVT 81.04: Lawyers and Public Policy (Not currently offered)
  • ECON 71: Health Economics and Policy (18W)
  • 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 (18W, 19S)
  • AAAS 40/WGST 34.2: Gender Identities and Politics in Africa (18S)
  • GEOG 28/LACS 40/SOCY 48: Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity (18S, 19W)
  • 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 (18S)
  • SOCY 33: Self and Society (18S)
  • SOCY 44/LATS 5: Complexities of Latino Identity in the United States (18X)
  • SOCY 47: Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. (18W)

Seminars

  • GOVT 84.06: Identity and Power in the Americas (14W)
  • PBPL 81.7/ANTH 16: Secrecy and Lying in Politics, Law, and Society (Not currently offered)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)

Institutions and Organizations 

Mid-Level Courses

  • ECON 25: Industrial Organization and Public Policy (18W)
  • PBPL 28/GOVT 30.09: Law, Courts, and Judges (18S)
  • PBPL 52/GOVT 30: Leadership and Political Institutions (18W)
  • SOCY 27: Organizations in Society (17F, 18F)

Seminars

  • GOVT 85.21: International Law and Institutions (13F)
  • PBPL 81.7/ANTH 16: Secrecy and Lying in Politics, Law, and Society (Not currently offered)
  • PBPL 81.9/GOVT 83.02: Politics and Markets (18W)
  • PBPL 82.2/SOCY 67: Political Power of Ideas (19W)
  • 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 (18S, 19S)
  • ANTH 50.4: Race, Power and Development in Global Haiti (Not currently offered)
  • ECON 24: Development Economics (17F, 18W, 18S)
  • ECON 44: Topics in Development Economics (18W)
  • ECON 49: Topics in International Economics (18W, 18S)
  • GEOG 16: Moral Economies of Development (19S)
  • GEOG 17: Geopolitics and Third World Development (18S, 19S)
  • GOVT 40: Nation and State Building in the Middle East (14S)
  • INTS 15: Violence and Security (17W)
  • INTS 16/GEOG 6: Introduction to International Development (17F, 18W, 18F, 19W)
  • INTS 17/COLT 57/AAAS 64/LATS 43: Cultures, Places, and Identities (Not currently offered)
  • INTS 18/GEOG 2: Global Health and Society (17F, 18W, 19W, 19S)
  • SOCY 22: The Sociology of International Development (18X)
  • SOCY 25: Democratization in Developing Countries (18X)

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 (17F)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)

Law

Mid-Level Courses

  • PBPL 28/GOVT30.09: Law, Courts, and Judges (18S)
  • ENVS 60: Environmental Law (17F)
  • 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 (17F, 18F)
  • PHIL 50: Is There a Universal Right to Free Speech? (Not currently offered)
  • SOCY 50: Sociology of Law (18F)

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 (18W)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)
  • PHIL 80: Free Speech and Conflicts of Rights (Not currently offered)

Leadership

Mid-Level Courses

  • GOVT 35: The Presidency (14W)
  • GOVT 56: International Relations Theory (14W)
  • PBPL 43/ECON 77: Social Entrepreneurship (18W)
  • PBPL 51: Leadership in Civil Society (18S)
  • PBPL 52: Leadership and Political Institutions (18W)

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: Topics in Global Policy Leadership (17F, 18F)
  • PBPL 91: Independent Study in Public Policy (All Terms Arrange)

Urban Studies

Mid-Level Courses

  • ECON 38: Urban and Land Use Economics (17F, 18S)
  • ECON 45: Topics in Industrial Organization (18S)
  • ECON 48: Topics in Public Economics (18W)
  • GEOG 18: Urbanization and the Environment (17F)
  • GEOG 22: Urban Geography (17F, 18F)
  • GEOG 57: Urban Application of GIS (17F, 18F)
  • GOVT 19: Polling the Public in Politics and Business (Not currently offered)
  • PBPL 48: Policy Analysis and Local Governance (Not currently offered)

Seminars

  • PBPL 81.3: Urban Politics and Public Policymaking (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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