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Public Policy

College for Women | School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences

Are you passionate about achieving social justice through public policy? With an emphasis on applied policy research, a public policy major from St. Kate's St. Paul campus will help you use economic and political tools to identify policy problems and evaluate the impact of policies and programs. You'll learn the political context of public policy as well as the underlying economic models in order to understand how to build a just and sustainable society.

Program Details

Take 32 credits per year to finish your degree in four years.

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The Tools You Need to Understand and Shape Public Policy

Our public policy program emphasizes issues of justice and equality, applied research skills, a combination of both quantitative and writing skills, and the importance of women’s leadership in government. You’ll pair broad theoretical work with applied skills needed in today’s policy analyst roles — including cost benefit analysis, policy evaluation, data visualization, and how to craft an effective policy memo.

This powerful degree provides students with important policy tools like proficiency in statistics, a strong grounding in economics and political science, and depth of study in major policy issues. Students can focus on issues such as inequality, discrimination, and healthcare.

A major in public policy at St. Kate's may gain practical experience through an independent or collaborative research project or an internship. Collaborative research allows students to work with faculty and apply their skills to real policy problems. St. Kate’s public policy students have worked on real-world projects, such as racial profiling in Minneapolis and hiring and retaining teachers with Minneapolis Public Schools.

Economics department, public policy administrator at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Careers in Public Policy

With a degree in public policy from St. Kate's, you will be well-prepared for a career in

  • social justice organizations
  • government agencies
  • elected office
  • nonprofits
  • non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

To be an advocate for a more just world, you need a combination of quantitative skills, concise and professional writing, and a thorough understanding of the political process. Because St. Kate's public policy program is designed to help you lead in today's social justice fields, you'll hone your skills in statistics, economics, political science, and professional writing.