The faculty and curriculum for this minor are drawn from several departments of the University – American studies, business, economics, history, political science, philosophy, sociology and theology.
The program recognizes that not all learning is accomplished in the classroom. It seeks to encourage students to engage in public policy issues by sponsoring a summer internship program as well as co-curricular events during the academic year.
Students who will not take American Politics (POLS 10100 or 20100) or Intro to Microeconomics (ECON 10011 or 20011) as part of their major should plan on taking these courses early on in their progress towards the minor.
Introduction to Public Policy (HESB 20010)
Introduction to Public Policy (HESB 20010) is the “gateway” course for Hesburgh minors. The course reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the Hesburgh Program, incorporating several different perspectives to introduce the student to the study of public policy.
In the field of public policy, research tools are essential for assessing policy problems and evaluating policy performance. Students in the minor are required to take a course in quantitative methods. Students that have completed a rigorous statistics course as part of their major may be exempt from this requirement.
The Hesburgh Program cross-lists numerous courses from departments across the University, and are intended to give students a well-rounded understanding of public policy. These electives fall under three categories and students choose two courses for the minor. The courses must be from separate categories.
Courses engage ethical and philosophic perspectives that affect how problems are identified and how policies are designed.
Courses focus on the structures and procedures through which public policy is formulated and implemented.
Courses focus attention on the substantive policy areas to provide students with in-depth knowledge on a topic.
The Hesburgh Program offers two capstone courses that allow students to work in teams to develop policy proposals. The Policy-Making Process (HESB 43897) focuses on problems and policy at the local level with a South Bend focused project. Contributing to the Policy Process (HESB 43898) takes a broad, national and international approach to understanding and evaluating policy.
Students that are interested in pursuing their own public policy research may choose to do an Independent Capstone Research Project (HESB 48000) in lieu of the capstone course.
Students should meet with the Assistant Director to plan courses for the upcoming semester. These meetings are important to ensure cohesion among electives and progress in the minor.