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The Public Policy Analysis Track


Public policy is an attempt by the government (city, state, or federal) to address a public issue. Issues might involve areas such as families, education, justice, jobs, poverty, or education (in the U.S. and/or elsewhere). Sociologists who analyze public policy make a difference through research and evaluation to find strategies that work to put these policies into effect. Washington D.C. is an excellent location for studying public policy.


The public policy track is organized following an interdisciplinary, comparative approach to the study of public policy-making -the problems, players, and policy. The focus is on providing skills to define, measure, evaluate, and research policy problems. Students are expected to intern with one of the policy-making organizations in Washington D.C. in their effort to develop, evaluate, and implement solutions to public issues.

Program Organization and Curriculum

Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to discuss their academic and professional interests and tailor a program of study that they should pursue. The following courses are possibilities:
  • Public Policy around the World
  • Inequality and its Implications
  • Disability Policies
  • World Poverty and Eradication Policies
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Controlling America's Borders
  • Education and Society


The following is a partial list of organizations and institutions offering internship opportunities we recommend to our students:
  • Children's Defense Fund
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Institute for Policy Studies  
  • The Urban Institute
  • The Pew Research Center
  • The Institute for Women's Policy Research