This sequence of recommended courses teaches students the conceptual and technical knowledge and practice behaviors underlying policy planning, analysis, and evaluation in social welfare. The goals of the Policy cluster are:

  • To instruct students in modes of analyzing social welfare policies systematically through the construction and use of formal conceptual policy design frameworks, empirical evidence, and policy arguments.
  • To assist students in learning the analytical and quantitative skills of cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, decision analysis, causal modeling, survey research, and field experimentation.
  • To deepen students' understanding of the political and ethical dilemmas which accompany most policy making and evaluation problems in social welfare.

Foundation course
45600 Policy Analysis: Methods and Applications

One substantive elective from the list below
42912 Work and Family Policy: Policy Considerations for Family Support
44800 Urban Adolescents in Their Families, Communities, and Schools: Issues for Research and Policy
45112 Contemporary Immigration Policy and Practice
46412 The Evaluation of Social Welfare Programs and Policies
46622 Key Issues in Health Care: An Interdisciplinary Case Studies Approach
47222 Promoting the Social and Academic Development of Children in Urban Environments
48800 Child and Family Policy
49032 Health and Aging Policy
49412 Nonprofit Organizations and Advocacy for Social Change
60312 Inequality at Work
60400 Poverty, Inequality, and the Welfare State
61100 Seminar in Violence Prevention

Skylar Cole

Skylar Cole, AM ’14

Cole has quickly advanced to a leadership role that includes training staff and supervising social work interns. She developed a professional development plan that emulates what she learned at SSA regarding policies, practices, and perspectives. She also believes that SSA prepared her very well to work on teams, both professionally and in the community.