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Leadership and Policy Studies

Leadership and Policy Studies

 Making a difference one step at a time

New York’s Capital Region offers a rich laboratory of civic experiences for students who want to help make a difference in society. The region is home to New York State government, 60 school districts, over 120 local communities, more than 500 civic organizations, and a growing private sector of research and technology firms dedicated to improving the quality of life of in the region and beyond.  Leadership and Policy Studies students are well positioned to make the most of these opportunities as they advance their educational, career, and civic goals.

In their academic studies, Leadership and Policy Studies students will study the inner workings of American governmental and civic organizations, the ways in which public policy is made, and the practice of politics, advocacy, and civic engagement. They also will delve into the lives of exemplary citizens and leaders, track current policy issues, and explore pathways— such as law, criminal justice, economics, globalization, and environmental policy. Leadership and Policy Studies students also will hone their communications skills and sharpen their policy research and analytical skills. 

As a career gateway, Leadership and Policy Studies provides students with multiple opportunities to practice what they are learning in the classroom. In special workshops, students will work with practitioners on career-building skills from strategic planning to grass-roots mobilization and fundraising. Students also will work together as a team on a civic project, do one or more internships, and prepare a capstone research project in which they draw on the knowledge and skills they have developed.

Core Curriculum: 29 credits

Leadership and Policy Studies is committed to a well-rounded education. Content knowledge is important, but so too are skills, and the practical experience that students gain from their project work, their internship, and their exploration of policy pathways. 

Select one of the following American Century courses:

Policy and Practice Pathways: 12-18 Credits (selected through advisement)

In addition to coursework in their core curriculum, Leadership and Policy Studies students create and pursue an interdisciplinary pathway of 12 credits in a particular public policy or practice area. Each Leadership and Policy Studies student selects an individualized, self-designed pathway with careful advisement to advance an interdisciplinary course of study that advances the student’s career, graduate study, and personal interest goals. All but one of the Pathway courses must be at the 200 level or above. 

Examples of potential pathways that are available through advisement include: 

Total credits required in major: 41-47

General Education Requirements not fulfilled by Major or required Supporting Courses

Russell Sage College Core Courses: 11 Credits 

  • WLD 101 - Reading Women’s Voices/Developing Our Own : 4 Credits
  • WLD 201 - Researching Women’s Lives : 4 Credits
  • WLD 401 - Women Changing the World : 3 Credits

General Education Breadth Requirement: 18 Credits

  • Humanities - Fine & Performing Arts : 3 Credits
  • Humanities - History : 3 Credits
  • Humanities - Elective : 3 Credits
  • Natural & Physical Sciences : 6 Credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning : 3 Credits

Elective Courses : 44-50 Credits

Total credits required for degree: 120