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Summer Minor Program in U.S. Public Policy

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Requirements for the Minor

The minor in U.S. Public Policy requires 5 courses/15 hours, including:

ECON 1010: Intro to Microeconomics — Course can be taken at any time, before, during, or after the summer program

POLA 3240: Public Policy — Course can be taken at any time, though students are encouraged to take it before or during the summer program

POLA 4110: Policy Research Shop — Course is only offered in summer; fulfills Tier 2 service-learning requirement.

and Two Electives — Courses must address some aspect of public policy in the United States. Students are encouraged to take both electives during the summer program; one elective for the minor is required to be taken during the summer, while the other can be taken during a regular semester (with approval from Prof. Brox)

Important Policies

Pre-Requisites: There are no prerequisites for the courses during the summer. All courses are open to any student of any major. Prerequisites may be in place during the fall and spring semesters.

Minimum Grades: Students must achieve a C average (2.0) across all required coursework. Students cannot take courses in the program as S/U.

Non-minor Participation in Program: Courses are open to all students but declared minors will have priority registration.

Double-Counting: According to SLA policy, students must have 27 credits in each major that do not also count toward a minor. No courses may overlap between minors.

The Tulane Summer Minor Program in U.S. Public Policy will give students a foundation for graduate school in public policy or a career in government and politics at the local, state or national level. Students complete relevant coursework and participate in service learning that together provides them with tools in the analysis of policy, knowledge in substantive policy areas, and experience in local government. Students completing the minor will fulfill one of Tulane’s service learning graduation requirements.

Summer Schedule:

  • POLA 3011: Healthcare Policy

    Dates: June 01-July 02, MTWRF, (5 weeks), 12:00-1:45 PM
    Tuition: $3,420 (3 credits)
    Instructor: Mitchell Sellers

    This course introduces students to the history and development of healthcare policy in the United States. We cover the history of healthcare reforms and development of the patchwork healthcare policy in the United States from the creation of community health programs in the 1800s to Medicare and Medicaid adoption to the current debates over Obamacare and Trumpcare.

    In the second half of the semester, we focus on hot topics in healthcare policy. This includes public health threats, mental health, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and the rising cost of healthcare. These issues raise practical and ethical concerns for healthcare providers and administrators that must also compete with political considerations. The primary learning objectives are for students to:

    • Provide students with an overview of the U.S. health care system, its components, and challenges for policy reforms.
    • Understand ethical and legal issues surrounding hot topics in healthcare policy.
    • Begin to assess the goals and effectiveness of health care policies.


  • COMM 4810: Television, the Internet, and Public Policy

    Dates: June 01-July 02, MTWRF, (5 weeks) 2:00-3:45 PM
    Tuition: $4,560 (4 credits)
    Instructor: Peter Kunze

    This course examines how public policy has shaped, regulated, and failed to regulate television and the internet. If the airwaves belong to the public, how could and should they be used? Focusing on the establishment and administration of the Federal Communication Commission, we will explore the development of radio, television, and internet in a U.S. context. Special attention will be played to key stakeholders, including industry figures, public administrators, lawmakers, and content creators. Key concepts and policies explored in this course include the fairness doctrine, the public interest, the digital divide, and net neutrality as well as case studies on obscenity, children’s television, public broadcasting, and Netflix and other streaming services. We will examine how the FCC has not only shaped U.S. media culture, but the media industries themselves. Students ultimately will develop a stronger understanding of how U.S. broadcast media developed locally, regionally, and nationally as both a series of interconnected and converging industries but also as cultural forms. This course fulfills the Tier 2 Writing Intensive Requirement.

  • POLA 3240: Intro to Public Policy (required)

    Dates: May 17-May 28, MTWRF, (2 weeks), 9:30-1:30 PM
    Tuition: $3,420 (3 credits)
    Instructor: Anna Mahoney

    This course covers the policy-making process for domestic policy in the United States. We focus on national policies. Policies are the decisions made by a variety of political actors that set and implement a course for action on particular political problems. Thus, they are the meat of politics — without policies, politics have no real stakes. We examine the important concepts and theories about policy-making and study the policy process in its various stages. In the process, there are several case studies we examine as well as an in-depth analysis of certain policies. The class will meet approximately 3.5 hours per day for the two-week session.

  • POLA 4110: Policy Research Shop (required)

    Dates: June 01-July 02, MTWRF, (5 weeks), 9:00-10:45 AM
    Tuition: $3,420 (3 credits)
    Instructor: Brian Brox

    This class creates a partnership between city government and Tulane students in order to address issues of concern to the city and increase students’ civic engagement. In this course, the professor solicits policy topics from the City of New Orleans and the students write policy briefs on issues related to poverty, crime, and education in New Orleans. In exchange for the policy brief, policy sponsors agree to allow the students to present their findings at an official forum, such as a city council meeting. Students will spend 20 hours per semester conducting research for an office in City Hall as part of a required service learning element. Fulfills Tier 2 service learning graduation requirement.

Summer 2021 Academic Calendar:
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Contact Information
For additional information about School of Liberal Arts Summer Programs, please contact Kendre Paige.

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