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. Here is the timeline:
Fall 2013: Offer 360.247, Introduction to Social Policy and Inequality: Baltimore and Beyond, and offer it every fall semester thereafter. This 200-level course is aimed at freshmen and sophomores, but is open to all undergraduates, whether they wish to participate in the minor or not. For the first offering, enrollment will be capped at 75.
Spring 2014: Offer elective courses in the three departments (including several that are already in the course catalog). These electives are open to all undergraduates who possess the necessary prerequisites, if any, for each course.
Spring 2015: Offer the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., intensive semester experience, and offer it every spring semester thereafter. Fifteen students will be accepted at each location. Priority will be given to economics, political science and sociology majors.
Fall 2015: Offer the capstone seminar in social policy for students who have completed the intensive semester, and offer it every fall semester thereafter.
Please explore our new website to learn more about the Program in Social Policy.