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Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program

COMBINED BACHELORS/MASTERS PROGRAM

Eligibility
The B.A.-M.A. program in Social and Public Policy provides a unique opportunity for select students to earn both a B.A. and M.A. in five years. Candidates apply during their junior year (after earning at least 60 credits). Qualifying applicants must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average; have completed at least 90 credits; have satisfied the University core, College core, and major requirements; and have acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination.

Program of Study
B.A.-MA students take courses in Social and Public Policy in their fourth and fifth years of study (senior year and first full year of graduate study). This course work satisfies the undergraduate minor requirement and counts towards the M.A. in Social and Public Policy. Students receive their B.A. after completing 120 credits-usually after their second or third semester of graduate study. A total of 18 credits may be double-counted toward both the B.A. and M.A. Students earn their M.A. after completing 36 credits of graduate course work and a thesis or Enhanced Research Paper-normally at the end of their fifth year. Policy Center students concentrate either in Policy Analysis and Administration or Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies.

Faculty mentoring is very important for guiding students through the program.

Course of Study: Recommended B.A.-M.A. Course Plan

CONCENTRATION IN POLICY ANALYSIS AND ADMINISTRATION
1st year:
Research Methods
Policy Implementation and Practice
Social and Public Policy Analysis
Women and Politics
Global Public Policy

2nd year:
American Politics and Policy
Quantitative Analysis
The Politics of Civic Problems
Values Ethics and Policy
Thesis

CONCENTRATION IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEACE STUDIES
1st year:
Research Methods
Nonviolent Social Change
Theory and Practice of Conflict Resolution
Internship or Community Organizing and Social Movements
Ethnic Conflict

2nd Year:
Values Ethics and Policy
Theories of Conflict
Arab-Israeli Conflict
International Conflict: Negotiation and Mediation
Human Rights: Politics and Policy
Psychology of Peace and Conflict
Thesis