Politics & Public Policy Concentration

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Consists of 18 credit hours including:

A comprehensive introduction to the process of developing implementing and evaluating public policy. Covers the policy process in both theoretical and practical terms including the structure of institutions decisions made throughout the process and consequences of decision-making or non-decision-making. Areas of public policy addressed include criminal justice policy regulatory policy and healthcare advocacy and policy. Co-requisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
General education social sciences

Unit(s): 3

And 15 additional credits chosen from the following (a minimum of 9 of these additional 15 credits must be in political science):

Explores the role of women in American and global politics in order to understand the role of identity institutions and social movements in democracy. Topics include womens influence on the development of the modern American welfare state feminism public policy issues of special importance to women and social movement strategies. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the role of mass media in American politics. Topics include the effect of journalistic norms on political news the impact of new media technologies from newspapers to the Internet media objectivity and the effect of media on political reasoning and behavior.

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the most pressing domestic issues confronting American society in the 21st century and the institutions and legal regimes developed to administer public policy. Topics include health care education criminal justice social welfare policies immigration environmental issues organizational theory bureaucratic management and budgeting. Emphasizes active learning with simulations debates and engagement with public policy and public administration professionals. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the development and implementation of public policy with an emphasis on understanding change in policy regimes over time and the variety of regulatory mechanisms. Students research public policy on a topic of their choosing such as agriculture social welfare health care or environment. Alternate years offered 2014-2015

Unit(s): 3

Examination of how Congress the Presidency and interest groups work together to make federal public policy. Topics include the legislative process interest group activities and the role of the presidency in the development of the federal administrative state. Students research policy-making on a topic of their choosing. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

The internship program provides an opportunity for a student to gain field experience in an area related to the students concentration or career goals. Supervision of an intern is provided by an appropriate faculty member and by a staff member of the agency or business in which the student is an intern. A student who wishes to engage in an internship must consult with the appropriate faculty member at least eight weeks in advance of the start of the term in which the internship is to be completed. A description of the internship signed by the student and the faculty sponsor must be filed with the Director of Internships by the first day of the semester prior to the start of the internship. Approval of each application for an internship is made by the Director of Internships based upon policies and guidelines as approved by the Council on Education and the faculty. To be considered for an internship a student must have junior or senior status and at least a 2.00 grade point average. Internships are graded on an S or U basis. A student may enroll in an internship program for three credits per semester and internship credit may be earned in subsequent semesters subject to the limitations that no more than two internships may be pursued in any one agency or business and a maximum of nine credits in internships may be applied toward graduation.

Unit(s): 3

This course will cover strategic planning and specialized public relations issues. Issues include risks crisis management social marketing campaigns and corporate and non-profit communication. Students will learn and apply advanced public relations theories and skills to case studies and real-life situations. Prerequisite COMMENG 255W

Unit(s): 3

Introduces students to the burgeoning nonprofit sector of American society. Students learn what makes an organization a nonprofit explore the purposes of a nonprofit sector in society consider the often overlooked field of nonprofit media and explore the challenges and opportunities of working in with and for nonprofit organizations. 2016 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 200 Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and COMM 100 Experiential learning

Unit(s): 3

Introduces the range of communication practices that characterize contemporary political campaigns. Students will process existing understandings of political communication theory in order to design and implement a semester-long campaign project.

Unit(s): 3

Examines the role of news advocacy scientific analysis decision and policy making risk perception and other factors in the communication of issues related to science environment and health. Provides students with rich theoretical background critical understanding and practical skills to produce investigate and critique communication processes related to the topics. Students in this course are required to conduct field work and original research write and publish news and analytical articles. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

This course will provide an overview of federal and state laws that are aimed at the conservation of natural resources andor protection of environmental quality. Major laws that will be covered include the National Environmental Protection Act Clean Air Act Clean Water Act the Endangered Species Act and others. Speakers from natural resourceenvironmental agencies such as the Va. Department of Environmental Quality Va. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and U.S. Forest Service will provide practical insights into the application and implementation of environmental policy. Prerequisites BIOL 100 101 or 110 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Critical evaluation of structures of adjudication sentencing and corrections in the United States. Includes an examination of alternative approaches to justice and reconciliation such as community-based rehabilitation victimoffender conflict mediation et. Various strategies for community reintegration are also explored. Prerequisites SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

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Dr. Brandon Marsh, Department Chair
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