Social Policy


We are pleased to announce the creation of a new Program in Social Policy and an associated social policy minor. The minor will bring an interdisciplinary focus to the many social problems facing a city such as Baltimore and the nation as a whole, and will encourage the search for policy solutions to those problems.

A new course, Introduction to Social Policy and Inequality: Baltimore and Beyond (360.247), will be offered in the fall semester of 2013. The course, which is cross-listed in the departments of economics, political science, and sociology, is open to all undergraduates, and is also a required course for the new social policy minor.

In addition to the introductory course, students will be offered a range of 300-level elective courses across the three disciplines of economics, political science, and sociology. Students wishing to complete the minor will then apply for an intensive semester experience in either Baltimore or Washington, D.C., in the spring of their junior year. The intensive semester will combine small, interdisciplinary classes with an internship experience in the social policy field. Fifteen students will be accepted at each location, with priority given to students majoring in economics, political science, or sociology. Finally, all students will participate in a senior capstone seminar.