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Program Overview

Program Overview

Whatever industry or field you find yourself in, public policy plays a part within it. Let us help you understand the principles upon which all social laws are based. You’ll gain a comprehensive look at our current systems through American Government, Public Policy and Public Administration courses. Topics include creating policy, budgeting, Congress and the courts, policy issues and policy analysis. You’ll be exposed to these concepts on the national, state and local levels, allowing for application in a variety of settings. You will be able to create ethical, legal and effective boundaries within your organization. Assert yourself as a distinguished professional in your field as you apply this knowledge. 
 

Courses

Courses

Specific courses required:

  • PO 1023 - Liberties, Rights, and the Constitution
  • PO 3123 - Public Policy
  • PO 3323 - Public Administration II

Twelve hours chosen from:

  • PO 2253 - American State and Local Government
  • PO 4813 - Washington Seminar
  • EC 3303 - Natural Resource Economics
  • ESS 2123 - Principles of Sustainability
  • ESS 4213 - Environmental Law and Policy
  • HI 4153 - Urban History and Politics

 

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Service learning

We provide you the opportunity to enhance your academic understanding by applying what you’ve learned in class to service projects that benefit our community. Before graduation, you’ll participate in at least two SALT (Serving and Learning Together) projects.

Internship

Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Study abroad

See the world — whether it’s Italy, Austria, Costa Rica, England or another country. Career opportunities will open for you as you sharpen your foreign language skills. Gain the international experience and cross-cultural communication skills you’ll need in our global economy.

Our Faculty

  • Marc Schwerdt

    Marc Schwerdt

    Associate Professor

    Marc Schwerdt began teaching at Lipscomb in 2004. Previously he taught at Oklahoma Christian University and worked on fundraising for two congressional campaigns in 1996. His areas of academic expertise...

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Career Paths

Political Scientists

Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze governments, policies, political trends, and related issues.

Legislators

Develop, introduce or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.

Lawyers

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.