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Field Description

The Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs focuses on the advocacy and analysis of public policy. It is designed for those seeking to have a positive impact on society. Students learn to formulate, implement, and evaluate creative solutions to challenging global, national, state, and local problems. The coursework examines how public and nonprofit organizations are involved in the policy process. Civic engagement skills are developed in economic and financial analysis, political negotiation, qualitative and quantitative methods, and rhetoric. Policy areas of interest include community development, education, the environment, healthcare, housing, and social welfare. The degree prepares students for employment in government, political campaigns, and the growing social activism of the nonprofit sector. An excellent foundation is provided for graduate-level education in communications, law, management, public administration, public policy, and urban planning.

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The Major

Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs

Core Courses       (18 Credits)
Policy and Politics3 credits
Qualitative Studies of Communities3 credits
Economic Analysis of Public Policy3 credits
Public Campaigns and Advocacy3 credits

  

Quantitative Methods for Policy & Practice3 credits
Capstone3 credits

Elective Courses:     (12 credits;  select four)
Public Service in New York City3 credits
Ethics and Civic Engagement3 credits
Information and Society3 credits

Nonprofit Administration3 credits
Economics of the Public Sector3 credits
Principles of Survey Research3 credits
Public Opinion3 credits
Public Communication and Organizations3 credits
Models of Service Delivery3 credits
Cities and Sustainability3 credits
Building Cities: Markets and Government3 credits
Housing and Community Development3 credits
Policy Analysis3 credits
Advanced Statistical Analysis3 credits
Cities and Sustainability3 credits

Arts and Public Life3 credits
Selected Topics3 credits
Independent Study3 credits
New York State Legislature Internship15 credits
Public Affairs Internship3 credits

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The Minor

The School of Public Affairs offers a Tier III minor in Survey Research.
The minor is designed to provide undergraduate students from many disciplines with a basic introduction to survey research as a mode of inquiry, a rigorous datagathering process, a way of understanding mass opinion and its uses in a democracy, and the foundation of the research databases that inform other social science disciplines. Students will learn about the history and uses of surveys, study sound survey design, and design and implement their own survey.

The 9-credit minor includes two required courses:
Principles of Survey Research*3 credits
Survey Research Practicum*3 credits

The third course may be drawn from any of the following:
Qualitative Studies of Communities*3 credits
Public Opinion, Policy, and Management*3 credits
Quantitative Methods for Policy and Practice*3 credits
Marketing Research3 credits
Political Opinion3 credits
Social Psychology3 credits
Research Methods in Sociology and Anthropology3 credits
or 
Social Statistics3 credits

*For the purposes of this program, this course counts as an Arts and Sciences course.

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Courses
Courses in Public Affairs (PAF)

Citizenship and Public Affairs

3 hours, 3 credits

Public Service in New York City

3 hours; 3 credits

Policy and Politics

3 hours; 3 credits

Qualitative Studies of Communities

3 hours, 3 credits

Ethics and Civic Engagement

3 hours; 3 credits

Information and Society

3 hours; 3 credits

 

 

Nonprofit Administration

3 hours; 3 credits

Economic Analysis of Public Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

Economics of the Public Sector

3 hours; 3 credits

Principles of Survey Research

3 hours; 3 credits

Public Opinion Polling

3 hours; 3 credits

Public Campaigns and Advocacy

3 hours; 3 credits

Public Communication and Organizations

3 hours; 3 credits

Models of Service Delivery

3 hours; 3 credits

Building Cities: Markets and Government

3 hours; 3 credits

Housing and Community Development Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

Quantitative Methods for Policy and Practice

3 hours; 3 credits

Policy Analysis

3 hours; 3 credits

Advanced Quantitative Analysis

3 hours; 3 credits

Cities and Sustainability

3 hours; 3 credits

Advanced Statistical Analysis for Public Policy and Management

3 hours; 3 credits

Reforming Education

3 hours; 3 credits

Arts and Public Life

3 hours; 3 credits

Selected Topics

3 hours; 3 credits

Capstone

3 hours; 3 credits

Survey Research Practicum

3 hours; 3 credits

Independent Study

Hours and credits to be arranged

New York State Legislature Internship

Hours to be Arranged; 15 credits

Public Affairs Internship

Hours to be Arranged; 3 credits

Hon Spec Top in PAF

3 hours; 3 credits

Hon Thesis

3.0 Credit 3.0 Hours

Hon Thesis

3.0 Credit 3.0 Hours

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