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Government and Public Policy, Bachelor of Science

Program Philosophy

Public policy professionals play a key role in developing and implementing policies in areas such as the environment, energy, healthcare, poverty, transportation, education, justice system, and economic development. They educate the public and policymakers, draft laws, implement specific programs, and monitor the outcomes. Typically, public policy professionals pursue careers in government, government-related businesses, regulated industries, interest groups, and nonprofit organizations as well as graduate studies in law, public administration, public policy, political science, and healthcare administration.

Program Competencies

In addition to demonstrating college level proficiency in the Wilmington University undergraduate competencies outlined in this catalog, Government and Public Policy graduates will also be able to:

  1. Construct persuasive oral presentations to communicate effectively with various constituencies.
  2. Create persuasive position papers, press releases, and original legislation.
  3. Differentiate economic, legal, political, and governmental institutions, systems, and processes.
  4. Draft an original law based on analysis of problems or issues.
  5. Access, use, and evaluate information effectively and appropriately, and use technology to effectively locate and communicate information.
  6. Integrate an understanding of economic, legal, political, and governmental institutions, systems, and processes.

Minimum Grade Policy

The Government and Public Policy program requires a minimum grade of “C-” for program core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than “C-” in any required program core course must retake that course.


Curriculum

General Studies Core (39 credits)

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 121 English Composition I

ENG 122 English Composition II

ENG 131 Public Speaking

ENG 310 Research Writing

HIS 316 American History

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

SCI Natural Science Elective- SCI 308 excluded

Business Core (15 credits)

BBM 103 Introduction to Public Administration

BBM 201 Principles of Management

BBM 330 Power and Negotiation

BLA 303 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

FIN 300 Applied Concepts in Accounting and Finance

Behavioral Science Core: (6 credits)

Choose 2 of the following 4 courses:

ORG 301 Survey of Organizational Dynamics

ORG 302 Psychology of Leadership

OR

PSY 461 Topics in PSY: Psychology of Leadership

ORG 444 Organizational Justice, Ethics, and Social Responsibility

PSY 315 Group Dynamics

College of Technology Core (3 credits)

ISM 330 Business Intelligence

Government and Public Policy Core (24 credits)

LES 205 State and Local Government

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

POL 300 American Politics

POL 304 Constitutional Law and Procedures

POL 315 Comparative Government and Politics

POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues

POL 402 Analysis of Public Policy

POL 403 Writing for Public Policy

Free Electives (15 credits)

Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives.

Government and Public Policy Concentrations (18 credits)

Choose one Government and Public Policy concentration

Social Policy Concentration

Select 6 of 7 courses:

POL 321 International Organization and Politics

POL 340 Criminal Justice Policy

POL 350 Economic, Welfare and Income Policy

POL 360 Education Policy

POL 370 Energy and Environmental Policy

POL 380 Health Care Policy

POL 490 Public Policy Internship

OR

CAP/Co-op option

 For CAP/Co-op option please consult with GPP program chair for additional information

OR

Compliance Concentration

Required Courses

POL 335 Global Regulatory Law

POL 345 Fundamentals of Compliance Management

POL 355 Corporate Governance and Regulation

POL 365 U.S. Administrative and Regulatory Law

Select Two of the Following

CRJ 330 Financial Fraud Examination

POL 490 Public Policy Internship

HRM 300 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining

POL 385 Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing


Suggested Program Sequence

Freshman

1st Semester

ENG 121 English Composition I

FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

2nd Semester

BBM 103 Introduction to Public Administration

ENG 122 English Composition II

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

POL 300 American Politics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

Sophomore

1st Semester

ENG 131 Public Speaking

ENG 310 Research Writing

LES 205 State and Local Government

POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues

POL 304 Constitutional Law and Procedures

2nd Semester

BBM 201 Principles of Management

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

FIN 300 Applied Concepts in Accounting and Finance

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

POL 315 Comparative Government and Politics

Junior

1st Semester

BLA 303 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

HIS 316 American History

ISM 330 Business Intelligence

Choose two courses from your concentration track

2nd Semester

Natural Science Elective

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

Free Elective

Choose two courses from your concentration track

Senior

1st Semester

BBM 330 Power and Negotiation

POL 402 Analysis of Public Policy

Choose two courses from your concentration track

2nd Semester

POL 403 Writing for Public Policy

Free Elective

Free Elective

Choose two of the following

ORG 301 Survey of Organizational Dynamics

ORG 302 Psychology of Leadership

ORG 444 Organizational Justice, Ethics, and Social Responsibility

PSY 315 Group Dynamics


Government and Public Policy Completion Degree

Curriculum

As a transfer student who holds an associate's degree from a partner institution, the following Government and Public Policy courses are required.

Core Credits

BBM 330 Power and Negotiation

BLA 303 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

ISM 330 Business Intelligence

ORG 444 Organizational Justice, Ethics, and Social Responsibility

POL 304 Constitutional Law and Procedures

POL 315 Comparative Government and Politics

POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues

POL 402 Analysis of Public Policy

POL 403 Writing for Public Policy

Government and Public Policy Concentrations (18 credits)

Choose one Government and Public Policy concentration

Social Policy Concentration

Select 6 of 7 courses

POL 321 International Organization and Politics

POL 340 Criminal Justice Policy

POL 350 Economic, Welfare and Income Policy

POL 360 Education Policy

POL 370 Energy and Environmental Policy

POL 380 Health Care Policy

POL 490 Public Policy Internship

OR

Compliance Concentration

Required Courses

POL 335 Global Regulatory Law

POL 345 Fundamentals of Compliance Management

POL 355 Corporate Governance and Regulation

POL 365 U.S. Administrative and Regulatory Law

Select Two of the Following

CRJ 330 Financial Fraud Examination

POL 490 Public Policy Internship

HRM 300 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining

POL 385 Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

The following courses are pre-requisites for a degree in Government and Public Policy

BBM 201 Principles of Management

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

ENG 310 Research Writing

FIN 300 Applied Concepts in Accounting and Finance

LES 205 State and Local Government

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

POL 300 American Politics

Students who transfer in less than seventy-five credits should take the following courses

BBM 103 Introduction to Public Administration

ORG 301 Survey of Organizational Dynamics

PSY 315 Group Dynamics

PSY 461 Topics in PSY: Psychology of Leadership

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

POL 401 Special Topics: Chinese Politics

POL 405 Special Topics: Political Strategy

POL 413 Food and Drug Law and Policy: Who decides what we can eat, drink and ingest?

POL 460 Special Topics: American Planning and Politics

What is a Completion Degree?

A Completion Degree is a personalized version of a Bachelor’s degree created exclusively for students who have completed an Associate’s degree at an accredited institution. A student who expects to transfer a completed Associate’s degree should communicate with a Wilmington University Academic Advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.