Data collection and interpretation play an increasingly important role in crafting laws and regulations that affect our lives. Public Policy is a field guided by technological advances in science and current economic trends.
Students studying public policy gain an understanding of the relationship between how data is collected and interpreted, and how that information is used to make political decisions that have an effect on nearly everything we do.
Depending on your area of emphasis, studying public policy at CWU offers a chance to gain an understanding of such areas as public-private partnerships, international relations, economic policy, environmental law, human rights, energy policies, or public health. It helps prepare students to work in either the public sector, or industry as a liaison to government agencies.
The CWU public policy program is an interdisciplinary program built around offerings from a core of participating departments, frequently economics, environmental studies, geography and political science.
The bachelor of science public policy degree is designed for individuals interested in exploring and analyzing historical legacies as well as contemporary forces that frame the policy making process.
Central’s program is an interdisciplinary major and must be combined with another major, typically geography or political science.
Craig Revels, professor of geology and interim chair of the public policy program, served as president of the Latin American Specialty Group. The organization promotes education, research, and other activities related to Latin American geography.
Public policy students have excellent opportunities for networking through a number of student organizations including the CWU College Republicans, the CWU Feminist Club, and the Public Policy Club.
Central students have served in a wide variety of internships including the American Civil Liberties Union; American Lung Association; Cascade Land Conservancy; Washington State Republican Party; Sound Transit; and Washington State Legislature.