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, human development and social relations, 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 various service learning classes, we support study, research, and internships in metropolitan Kalamazoo. The College's affiliation with the Philadelphia Center Program, together with its career development and SIP, provides openings for work and research in national centers. (Limits apply to the number of participants in the Philadelphia Center Program.) Off-campus experiences will serve both to develop practical experience and to promote insights based on comparisons between different approaches to social problems.
Number of Units
Six units are required.
Four core courses, one from each of the following areas:
ECON 235, 265, 275, or 280
POLS 105, 225, 230, 310, or 325
ANSO 205, 235, or 270
PHIL 105, 108, or 210
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 220 The Family
ANSO 236 Race and Racism
ANSO 330 Class, Status, and Power
HDSR 210 Contemporary Issues in Public Health
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.