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Summer Minor Program in U.S. Public Policy (Summer 2018)

A minor in public policy requires 5 courses (15 hours/credits), including:

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

POLA 3240: Public Policy — Course can be taken at any time, before or after the summer program

POLA 4110: Policy Research Shop (only offered in summer, required course)

SOCI 2100: Slavery & Modern Anti-Racism Policy (only offered in summer)


ENLS 3011: Writing to Land a Job in Public Policy (only offered in summer)

If taking only one elective over the summer, students will need to take an additional elective in public policy, which must be approved by Prof. Lay.

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 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 will complete relevant coursework and participate in service learning that together will provide 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.

The elective course change every summer and are generally announced by January. This is the schedule for 2018.

Summer Schedule

May 14-May 25

POLA 3240: Intro to Public Policy (required) — taught by J. Celeste Lay
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. Class will meet 3.5 hours per day for two-week session.

May 29-June 22

POLA 4110: Policy Research Shop (required) — taught by 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.

Choose one or both electives:

SOCI 2100: Slavery & Modern Anti-Racism Policy – taught by Stephen Ostertag
This course examines how modern tourism in and around New Orleans engages with the history of slavery, its implications for memory, and linkages with current debates on racism and antiracism policy and practices. It involves weekly field trips to plantation tourism destinations in New Orleans and the surrounding areas to examine the discourse of slavery in tours and in the marketing materials (i.e., pamphlets websites) of these destinations. It then considers the racial discourse of plantation tourism in light of current debates on confederate symbols, reparations, NFL protests, the Black Lives Matter movement (and counter movements), and other race-related practices and policies.


ENLS 3011 Writing to Land a Job in Public Policy – taught by Anne-Marie Womack
Write a job application that will set you apart from the pack! Write a policy memo that people actually want to read! Learn to write op-eds! Create a website to publicize your ideas! In this course, we’ll learn the best way to reach others in public policy through writing. We’ll take work from your other policy courses and revise it over multiple drafts. This course pairs nicely with the others to work specifically on improving writing and learning to write practical, succinct pieces.


For 2018, each class cost $2400, or a total of $9600 for the entire 4-course sequence. Tuition for 2019 will be set by January 2019. On-campus housing can be provided for approximately $40 per night. Financial aid may be available. Students should consult the Office of Financial Aid for specific information.

How to Register

Students should complete a minor declaration form and return it to J. Celeste Lay for her signature at 121C Norman Mayer Bldg. Registration for courses will be through Gibson starting in April.

J. Celeste Lay at