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Leadership and Policy Studies (B.S.)


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. 

POL 101 U.S. Government and Politics : 3 Credits
POL 218 Public Policymaking : 3 Credits
PACE 201 Civic Leadership & Engagement : 3 Credits
HST 324 American Ethnic History : 3 Credits
POL 205 Research in Law and Government : 3 Credits
POL 307 Internship in Law, Govt and Pol : 4 Credits
POL 340 Leadership and Public Policy Skills : 3 Credits
PACE 405 Senior Seminar & Capstone : 4 Credits

Complete one of the following American Century courses:
HST 331 American Century I, 1898-1945 : 3 Credits
HIS-332 American Century II: 3 Credits

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:

Children and Families Policy Pathway
By advisement, students will select 4 courses (3 of which must be at the 200-level or higher) that fit with her selected pathway. Note that the courses below are only suggestions; students may select other courses to fit this pathway with their advisor’s approval.
Possible Courses:
CRJ 310 Victims and Their Experiences
CRJ 356 Family Court Law
ECO 125 Economics of Social Problems
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics
PSY 208 Developmental Science: Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood
POL 229 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
SOC 206 Sociology of Families
SOC 212 Juvenile Delinquency
 
Criminal Justice Pathway
By advisement, students will select 4 courses (3 of which must be at the 200-level or higher) that fit with her selected pathway. Note that the courses below are only suggestions; students may select other courses to fit this pathway with their advisor’s approval.
Possible Courses:
CRJ 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 266 Criminal Law
CRJ 310 Victims and Their Experiences
CRJ 312 The Nature of Crime
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics
POL 219 Law and Legal Process
POL 229 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
POL 230 Liberty vs. Security
 
Economic and Financial Policy Pathway
By advisement, students will select 4 courses (3 of which must be at the 200-level or higher) that fit with her selected pathway. Note that the courses below are only suggestions; students may select other courses to fit this pathway with their advisor’s approval.
Possible Courses:
ECO 125 Economics of Social Problems
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 215 Statistics for Decision Making
ECO 304 Financial Markets and Institutions
ECO 310 Comparative Political Economy
ECO 348 Topics in Global Economies
GLO 101 Introduction to Globalization
 
Environmental Policy Pathway
By advisement, students will select 4 courses (3 of which must be at the 200-level or higher) that fit with her selected pathway. Note that the courses below are only suggestions; students may select other courses to fit this pathway with their advisor’s approval.
Possible Courses:
BIO 110 Environmental Issues
BIO 326 Principles of Ecology
CHM 103 Introduction to General Chemistry
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics
GLO 101 Introduction to Globalization
HST 150 Climate Crisis & Challenge of Energy Conversion
POL 358 Legislative Process and Management
POL 420 Environmental Law and Policy
 
Globalization and International Studies Pathway
By advisement, students will select 4 courses (3 of which must be at the 200-level or higher) that fit with her selected pathway. Note that the courses below are only suggestions; students may select other courses to fit this pathway with their advisor’s approval.
Possible Courses:
HST 107 Latin American History I
HST 108 Latin American History II
HST 209 The World Since 1900
HST 221 The Modern Middle East
HST 233 History of Modern China
GLO 101 Introduction to Globalization
POL 310 Comparative Political Economy
POL 336 American Foreign Policy
 
Health Policy Pathway 
Possible Courses:
By advisement, students will select 4 courses (3 of which must be at the 200-level or higher) that fit with her selected pathway. Note that the courses below are only suggestions; students may select other courses to fit this pathway with their advisor’s approval.
ECO 125 Economics of Social Problems
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
HSC 206 Cultural Perspectives of Health, Disability and Wellness
HSC 215 Health/Wellness Across Lifespan
PBH 201 Health and Society: Survey of Public Health
POL 313 Lobbying and Interest Groups
POL 314 Health Policy
SOC 222 Women, Health and the Body
 
Politics Pathway
Possible Courses:
By advisement, students will select 4 courses (3 of which must be at the 200-level or higher) that fit with her selected pathway. Note that the courses below are only suggestions; students may select other courses to fit this pathway with their advisor’s approval.
COM 104 Public Speaking and Presentations
COM 121 Introduction to Public Relations
POL 334 American Political Thought
POL 344 Constitutional Interpretation
POL 346 Presidential Speeches
POL 358 Legislative Process and Management
PSY 317 Motivation
 
Pre-Law Studies Pathway
By advisement, students will select 4 courses (3 of which must be at the 200-level or higher) that fit with her selected pathway. Note that the courses below are only suggestions; students may select other courses to fit this pathway with their advisor’s approval.
Possible Courses:
CRJ 266 Criminal Law
CRJ 353 Evidence
CRJ 356 Family Court Law
POL 219 Law and Legal Process
POL 229 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
POL 319 Women and the Law
POL 334 American Political Thought
POL 344 Constitutional Interpretation
 
Total credits required in major: 41-47

Elective Courses : 44-50 Credits

RSC General Education Courses: 29 Credits

Total credits required for degree: 120