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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)
PAF 3010 Policy and Politics3 credits
PAF 3015 Qualitative Studies of Communities3 credits
PAF 3102 Economic Analysis of Public Policy3 credits
PAF 3108 Public Campaigns and Advocacy3 credits
PAF 3401 

  

Quantitative Methods for Policy & Practice3 credits
PAF 4401 Capstone3 credits

Elective Courses:     (12 credits;  select four)
PAF 3005 Public Service in New York City3 credits
PAF 3020 Ethics and Civic Engagement3 credits
PAF 3040 Information and Society3 credits

PAF 3100 

Nonprofit Administration3 credits
PAF 3103 Economics of the Public Sector3 credits
PAF 3105 Principles of Survey Research3 credits
PAF 3106 Public Opinion3 credits
PAF 3201 Public Communication and Organizations3 credits
PAF 3301 Models of Service Delivery3 credits
PAF 3342 Cities and Sustainability3 credits
PAF 3343 Building Cities: Markets and Government3 credits
PAF 3375 Housing and Community Development3 credits
PAF 3402 Policy Analysis3 credits
PAF 3403 Advanced Statistical Analysis3 credits
PAF 3442 Cities and Sustainability3 credits

PAF 3810 

Arts and Public Life3 credits
PAF 4199 Selected Topics3 credits
PAF 5000 Independent Study3 credits
PAF 5001 New York State Legislature Internship15 credits
PAF 5452 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:
PAF 3105 Principles of Survey Research3 credits
PAF 4402 Survey Research Practicum3 credits

The third course may be drawn from any of the following:
PAF 3015 Qualitative Studies of Communities3 credits
PAF 3106 Public Opinion, Policy, and Management3 credits
PAF 3401 Quantitative Methods for Policy and Practice3 credits
MKT 3600 Marketing Research3 credits
POL 3310 Political Opinion3 credits
PSY 3056 Social Psychology3 credits
SOC 4110 Research Methods in Sociology and Anthropology3 credits
or 
SOC 4111 Social Statistics3 credits

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Courses
Courses in Public Affairs (PAF)

PAF 1250 

Citizenship and Public Affairs

3 hours, 3 credits

PAF 3005 

Public Service in New York City

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3010 

Policy and Politics

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3015 

Qualitative Studies of Communities

3 hours, 3 credits

PAF 3020 

Ethics and Civic Engagement

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3040 

Information and Society

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3100  

 

Nonprofit Administration

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3102 

Economic Analysis of Public Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3103 

Economics of the Public Sector

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3105 

Principles of Survey Research

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3106 

Public Opinion Polling

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3108 

Public Campaigns and Advocacy

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3201 

Public Communication and Organizations

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3301 

Models of Service Delivery

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3343 

Building Cities: Markets and Government

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3375 

Housing and Community Development Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3401 

Quantitative Methods for Policy and Practice

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3402 

Policy Analysis

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3403 

Advanced Quantitative Analysis

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3442 

Cities and Sustainability

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3501 

Advanced Statistical Analysis for Public Policy and Management

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3710 

Reforming Education

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 3810 

Arts and Public Life

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 4199 

Selected Topics

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 4401 

Capstone

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 4402 

Survey Research Practicum

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 5000 

Independent Study

Hours and credits to be arranged

PAF 5001 

New York State Legislature Internship

Hours to be Arranged; 15 credits

PAF 5452 

Public Affairs Internship

Hours to be Arranged; 3 credits

PAF 4199H 

Hon Spec Top in PAF

3 hours; 3 credits

PAF 6001H 

Hon Thesis

3.0 Credit 3.0 Hours

PAF 6002H 

Hon Thesis

3.0 Credit 3.0 Hours

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