Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Professor: Stull (Director)

Centered in the social science division, the concentration in public policy and urban affairs represents an interdisciplinary approach to the study of social problems and public policy in contemporary industrial societies. It encourages students to focus on and get involved in the significant policy-related problems confronting their generation, prepares students to think from the perspective of policy makers, and promotes public service. The concentration is open to all students, but naturally complements study in anthropology- sociology, economics, and political science.

Combining concern for both local and national policy, this concentration seeks to take advantage of the College's urban setting as well as opportunities for internships and study around the country. At the local level, in part through the Center for Civic Engagement and various service learning classes, we support study, research, and internships in metropolitan Kalamazoo. The College's Study Away programs, together with its career development and SIP, provide openings for work and research in national centers. (Limits apply to the number of participants in the Study Away programs.) Off-campus experiences will serve both to develop practical experience and to promote insights based on comparisons between different approaches to social problems.


The Concentration in Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Number of Units
Six units are required.

Required Courses
Four core courses, one from each of the following areas:

ECON 235, 265, 275, or 280

Political Science:
POLS 105, 225, 229, 230, or 310

ANSO 270

PHIL 105, 108, 210, or 211

Students must complete two additional courses – one must be outside their major.

Students may use a second course from the above list of core courses or any of the following:
ANSO 120 The Family
ANSO 236 Race and Racism
ANSO 310 Research for Social Change
ARTX 295 Architecture, Urbanism, Identity
PHIL 211 Philosophy of Law
POLS 220 Voting, Campaigns, & Elections
POLS 315 Public Opinion: Race, Class, and Gender
RELG 222 Urban Religion
GERM 202/SEMN 241 Reading European Cities: Istanbul, Vienna, Berlin
SEMN 499 Social Justice and the American City
SEMN 401 Energy and Environmental Policy

Experiential Requirement
Students must also engage in either a sustained volunteer experience, off-campus internship, or research project providing first-hand experience with a contemporary social problem.

This Academic Catalog is current as of Dec 14, 2018

An official catalog is produced each summer for the following academic year and stored in the Archives section of this site. These versions are used for degree audits. Throughout the year, approved changes are incorporated immediately. Updates that have been submitted and approved by early summer will be included in the archival catalog for the next academic year in mid-summer.