Summer Minor Program in U.S. Public Policy
(Summer 2017)

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)

POLI 3010: Genocide, Empire & Torture (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.

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.

Summer Schedule
May 30-June 23
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:
POLI 3010 Genocide, Empire & Torture: U.S. Human Rights Policy through Film
— taught by Geoffrey Dancy
This course is designed to give students an understanding of American human rights policy from World War II to the War on Terror. It will focus closely on how the ideology of human rights has been shaped heavily by historical and political factors over time. The course will use a blend of lecture, discussion, analysis of historical texts, and film review to create a well-rounded picture of American human rights promotion at home and abroad. The primary aim of the course is to deepen students’ perspectives on America’s human rights legacy, which is both troubled and hopeful. Classes will pay particular attention to the difficult trade-offs between rights and security that individual decisionmakers face, and the tensions that often arise between domestic and foreign rights policy. Students that take the course will come away with a more nuanced and politically grounded approach to analyzing human rights issues in the United States.


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 2017 each class will cost $2400, or a total of $7200 for the entire 3-course sequence.
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 310 Norman Mayer Bldg.
Registration for courses will be through Gibson starting in April.


J. Celeste Lay at



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