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Public Policy

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. 





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.


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 and Chair of History, Politics and Philosophy

    Marc Schwerdt joined the Lipscomb political science faculty in 2004. His research has concentrated on perceptions of public service in children's literature and has been published in peer-reviewed journals Social...

    Meet Marc Schwerdt

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.


Working as an elected official, develop, introduce or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, state or federal level.


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