Academics

The Program in Social Policy offers a range of courses that are open to all undergraduates, including Introduction to Social Policy and Inequality: Baltimore and Beyond, an interdisciplinary course that is team-taught by faculty from the departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. However, admission to the Baltimore Policy Fellowship and into the social policy minor is competitive. Requirements are listed below.

  • Requirements for the Social Policy Minor
    • 360.247, Introduction to Social Policy and Inequality: Baltimore and Beyond
    • One 300-level elective from the range of social policy courses offered by the departments of Sociology, Political Science, and Economics through the Program in Social Policy.
    • A one-semester Baltimore Policy Fellowship consisting of intensive course work and an internship.  Fifteen students will be accepted. The fellowship will ordinarily be taken during the spring semester of the student’s junior year.
    • The senior capstone seminar, open to all students who have completed the policy fellowship.

The Baltimore Policy Fellowship Students participating in the Baltimore Policy Fellowship will study core social policy topics at the national, state, and local levels, such as education, housing, criminal justice, and health and welfare policy. They will also develop expertise in the underlying social science fields and enroll in an    Students in the program will become sufficiently expert in the social science fields that undergird the policy debates to pursue research and policy making in these domains.   Although there is no special residence for Baltimore students, during the fellowship the co-directors and other participating faculty will regularly meet with students in an informal setting to discuss current policy issues as well as students’   experiences.

  • The Senior Capstone Seminar

In their senior year, students will bring skills and experiences from their policy fellowship to discuss common approaches to social policy problems. Interdisciplinary groups will work on a common theme of interest and analyze in depth a content area that incorporates different disciplinary perspectives. Each group will produce both a final report and presentation that incorporates statistical and analytical skills, understanding of the social context, and a discussion of potential barriers to policy implementation. 3 credits. Prerequisites: The 360.247 introductory course; one 300-level elective in economics, political science, or sociology; and the Baltimore Policy Fellowship.