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Learn by Doing.

Policy Studies Undergraduate Program

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14%

of 2020-21 Remembrance Scholars, one of SU’s highest honors, are policy studies students

16,000

volunteer hours logged by policy studies student in 2020

46

policy studies majors per year build skills through experience as teaching assistants

Build Skills Through Experience

Policy studies students build skills and experience in and out of the classroom. You can earn up to 15 credits—the equivalent of a full semester—through fieldwork, internships, volunteer programs, directed research, study abroad and more. 

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Through these experiences, you will learn to:

  • Apply problem-solving techniques to address societal problems
  • Describe how public policy is implemented
  • Collect information in a variety of ways
  • Use computer programs to analyze quantitative data
  • Communicate effectively in verbal and written modes
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively on team projects
  • Explain the causes and policies of societal problems in at least one area

15

Policy studies majors are encouraged to spend a semester away from campus and may apply 15 credits from study abroad or internships.

Zackary Blas

I am Maxwell.

As a first-generation college student, I was never passionate about school until I entered the policy studies program and found what I was truly good at. The program motivated me to make the most of my college experience and gain skills in a variety of different fields. I was able to triple-major. This desire for growth and development led me to pursue my Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) and a data analytics certificate. At graduation, I accepted a position in D.C. that will allow me to apply everything that I’ve learned in college. My parents and I could not be happier with this outcome, and we attribute a lot of my success to the policy studies program.

Zackary Blas ’20 B.A, ’21 M.P.A.

Triple major: policy studies, political science, and environment, sustainability and policy; public sector advisory associate, Grant Thorton

Policy Studies
102 Maxwell Hall