Policy Studies Program

Policy Studies Courses for Spring 2024

Here is the preliminary list of courses to be offered in the fall 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. Develops 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. 3 credits.

  • 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 Wed 2:15-3:10 in Eggers 209. 3 credits.

  • 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. 1 credit.

  • PAI 300.1: Economics for Policy Analysis
  • Taught by Pete Wilcoxen Tue & Thu 2:00-3:20 in Physics 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. 3 credits.

  • PAI 305: Policy Implementation
  • Taught by Tomás Olivier on Mon & Wed 2:15-3:35 in Bowne 105. 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. 3 credits. Also offered as PSC 300.101. 

  • 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. 3 credits.

  • PAI 400.2: Grant Writing
  • Taught by Jill Ferguson on Mon 2:15-5:00 in Link 156. 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. 3 credits. Note: this course can be an elective or it can substitute for PST 410 in the Policy Studies core requirements. Meets with PAI 600. 

  • PST 410.2: Non-Profit and Government Agency Practicum
  • Taught by Kris Patel on Tue 2:00-4:45 in Eggers 012. 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. 3 credits.


  • PAI 300.1: Economics for Policy Analysis
  • Please see the entry in the Core Courses section.

  • 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. 3 credits.

  • PAI 300.3: Religion, Conflict and Collaboration
  • Taught by Brian Konkol Tue & Thu 11:00-12:20 Hendricks Chapel Main. By seeking to understand the role of religion in both conflict and collaboration, students will learn how to engage dispute and foster cooperation. 3 credits.

  • PAI 310: Education Policy
  • Taught by Ying Shi Wed 9:30-12:15 in 765 Irving Room 220. Familiarizes students with the policies defining the K-12 U.S. education system.

  • PAI 338: US Intelligence Community
  • Taught by Robert Murrett and Kris Patel on Mon & Wed 2:15-3:35 in 765 Irving Room 216. 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. 3 credits. Also offered as IRP 338.

  • PST 367: Smart Cities and Urban Policy
  • Taught by Austin Zwick on Tue & Thu 12:30-1:50 online. 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. 3 credits.

  • PAI 400.1: Sustainability Driven Capstone
  • Taught by Jay Golden on Tue & Thu 11:00-12:20 in Steele 206. 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. Instructor consent required. 3 credits. Also offered as ESP 400, PAI 600, and ECS/BUA 759. 

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

  • PST 400.2: Advanced Policy Research
  • Taught by Richard Barton on Mon, Wed & Fri 9:30-10:25 in Eggers 225B. 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 instructor. 3 credits.

  • PAI 400.3: Criminal State: Understanding North Korea's Evolving Illicit Activites
  • Taught by Kris Patel on Tue & Thu 12:30-1:50 in Eggers 225B. Students will explore how the North Korean government supports and facilitates its illicit activities and its ties to organized crime groups in China and around the globe. This course will also discuss the unique challenges faced by the United States and other countries to shut down these criminal networks and stop North Korea from raising funds to fund its ballistic and nuclear programs. 3 credits.

  • 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. By invitation only. Requires consent of the department. 3 credits.

  • PST 416: Community Problem Solving
  • Taught by Bill Coplin, Mon 2:15-5:00 in Eggers 225B. Community-based course where students provide coaching on skills at various sites in Syracuse. Instructor consent required. 3 credits.

  • 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. 3 credits.

  • PST 451: Environmental Policy
  • Taught by Sinan Isik on Mon & Wed 12:45-2:05 in Shaffer 205. Study of interaction among government, environmental lobbyists, industry, scientists, and news media in formation of environmental policies. 3 credits.

Other Courses

  • PST 100: Strategies for Career Success
  • Taught by Bill Coplin on Fri 11:40-12:35 in Maxwell Auditorium. Not open to Policy Studies majors. 1 credit.

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