In collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Studies program, the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (MIPCR) and the Public Policy Center (PPC) are now offering a new, self-designed B.A. in Public Affairs and Policy Studies (36 credit hours). This major explores the formation and analysis of policy, leadership, and interactions of governmental and non-governmental organizations; how legal frameworks produce governable societies; and the influence international and global issues have on policy and policy makers. Students may choose to concentrate in the areas of leadership, health policy, conflict studies, or the environment.
Students are free to design an academic program appropriate for their interests and goals, and work closely with faculty advisors from the MIPCR or PPC and Interdisciplinary Studies to develop a multidisciplinary course of study. Students must choose classes in five core themes and seven electives selected in consultation with the student's advisors (see full program brochure). The degree will equip students for advanced study or beginning-level positions in governmental and non-governmental organizations and agencies.
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Five CORE course requirements (15 credit hours):
Choose at least one from each section
Seven ELECTIVE requirements (21 credit hours)
See full program brochure for suggested elective courses.
For course descriptions, visit the course catalog.
To apply or to get more information
Dr. Brien Hallett
Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution
Tel: (808) 956-4236
Dr. Susan Chandler
Public Policy Center
Tel: (808) 956-0978