Policy Studies Program

Policy Studies Courses for Spring 2023

Here is the preliminary list of courses to be offered in the spring of 2023. Note that some courses have PST as their prefix and others have PAI. Courses numbered 300, 400, or 410 can be repeated when their topics vary.

Core Courses

  • PST 101.1: An Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy
  • Taught by Richard Barton on Mon, Wed and Fri 12:45-1:40 in Maxwell Auditorium. Catalog description: Develop research and problem solving skills to create government policies that address current social and economic problems facing the United States. Students study policy problems of their choice.

  • PST 101.2 and 101.3: An Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy, Honors
  • PST 101 for honors students. Meets with the regular PST 101 lecture on Mon, Wed and Fri 12:45-1:40 in Maxwell Auditorium but adds a discussion section taught by Bill Coplin on Fri 2:15-3:10 in Eggers 209.

  • PST 110.1: Public Service Practicum
  • Taught by Michelle Walker on selected Tuesdays 5:00-6:20 in Maxwell Auditorium. Students investigate the societal issues affecting members of the Syracuse community by completing a 35 hour community service requirement, attending 5 class meetings to reflect on their experiences, and completing weekly journals and two paper assignments.

  • PAI 300.1: Economics for Policy Analysis
  • Taught by Pete Wilcoxen Tue & Thu 2:00-3:20 in Phy 104N. Covers core concepts in economics related to decision making and policy analysis. Can be substituted for ECN 101 or 102 in the core requirements for Policy Studies majors.

  • PAI 305: Policy Implementation
  • Taught by Zach Huitink on Tue & Thu 2:00-3:20 in Life Science 214. Examines the tools governments use to implement public policy, and develops sought-after skills including implementation planning, project management, working effectively with outside organization and techniques for assessing how policies impact people and communities.

  • PST 315: Methods of Policy Analysis
  • Taught by Austin Zwick on Wed 2:15-5:00 online. Opportunity to develop competencies in the application of social science methods to public policy problems. Requires PST 101 and consent of the department. PST 110 and MAX 201 strongly recommended.

  • PAI 400.2: Grant Writing
  • Taught by Jill Ferguson on Tue & Thu 12:30-1:50 in Heroy 013. Meets with PAI 600. This course will help you understand the entire proposal process, including research, planning, and effective grant writing. Learn how to write a grant proposal while supporting the work of an organization that matters to you. Requires consent of the department. PST 315 strongly recommended. Note: this course can be an elective or it can substitute for PST 410 in the Policy Studies core requirements.

  • PST 410.1 and 410.2: Non-Profit and Government Agency Practicum
  • Taught by Richard Barton on Mon 2:15-5:00 in Eggers 209, and by Lionel Johnson, Tue 2:00-4:45 in Eggers 225B. Students develop skills and gain knowledge about organizations that influence and implement public policy. Students are placed in community agencies for about 100 hours of work or work in applied research projects conducted by faculty. Requires consent of the department. PST 315 strongly recommended.

  • PST 410.7: Practicum in Public Policy: Advanced Policy Research
  • Taught by Austin Zwick, Tue & Thu 2:00-3:20 online. Assists students in completing a policy-related honors thesis or a directed study research project. This class emphasizes a deep dive into a single, focuses topic to further develop students’ research, information literacy, writing, and presentation skills. Requires PST 315 and consent of the department.


  • PAI 300.2: Health Services Management
  • Taught by Nick Fabrizio on Thu 3:30-6:15 in HL 111. Focuses on the skills and knowledge needed for effective management in the health care system, including management of change, strategic planning, ethical issues in health service delivery, and personal management style. Meets with PAI 782.

  • PAI 300.5: Mental Health Policy
  • Tue & Thu 3:30-4:50 in Tolley 115. Addresses challenges related to mental health policies in the United States and explores policy reforms and intervention strategies to treat or prevent psychiatric illnesses, suicide and suicidal behavior, loneliness and social isolation, and opioid overdose and abuse.

  • PAI 338: US Intelligence Community
  • Taught by Robert Murrett on Mon & Wed 2:15-3:35 in HL 214. Meets with IRP 338. This course covers the structure and function of the U.S. intelligence community through a discussion of history, cases and methods, as well as writing and analytical skills needed for careers in intelligence community.

  • PST 367: Smart Cities and Urban Policy
  • Taught by Austin Zwick on Tue & Thu 12:30-1:50 online or hybrid with an in-person section. Examines the intersection of technology and urban planning; how digitalization, automation, and telecommunications are changing cities. Modules focus on Economic Development, Transportation, Privacy & Security, and Governance. Students work on a group project on a case study city.

  • PAI 400.1: Sustainability Capstone
  • Taught by Jay Golden on Tue & Thu 11:00-12:20 in Smith 227. A fast-paced hybrid course for highly motivated students who will work on student-led consulting teams supporting public or private organizations on a pressing sustainability challenge.  Requires detailed research, data analysis, data visualization coupled with excellent written and verbal communication skills. Meets with ESP 300, PAI 600, and ECS/BUA 759. Instructor consent required.

  • PAI 400.2: Grant Writing
  • See the listing above in the core course section.

  • PST 409: Intermediate Analysis of Public Policy
  • Taught by Richard Barton on Mon, Wed & Fri 11:40-12:35 in Eggers 225B. Introduces students to current public policy problems through a variety of research techniques. Requires consent of the department.

  • PST 431: Criminal Justice System
  • Taught by Renee Captor on Mon 6:45-9:25 pm in Sims 437. Seminar exploring the structure and function of the criminal justice system, as well as current issues, through readings, case analysis, court observation, and guest speakers. Requires PST 101 and consent of the department.

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