Florida State University

Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Public Policy

Public Policy is informed by a balance of considerations. An understanding of public policy issues and the process by which governments at all levels make policy decisions is a key element in occupations within the broad category of government affairs. The Interdisciplinary Social Science program offers students an opportunity to gain some expertise in a specific policy area that they choose. Students interested in this specialization as an undergraduate certificate can click here.

Coursework in specific policy areas are provided to build an interdisciplinary orientation to current issues and problems facing the state and the nation.  The specific policy areas as 1) Environmental Policy, 2) Government Regulation, 3) Health and Aging, 4) Poverty and Inequality, and 5) Risk Management.

Students must complete 21 hours of coursework:

  • 12 credit hours in a specific policy area
  • 3 credits in ISS4014 Evidence Based Public Policy
  • 3 credits of quantitative methods as part of the primary or secondary concentration (See list of approved methods courses below)
  • Participation in ISS4935 Public Policy Seminar

Policy Areas

The Public Policy specialization includes an arrangement in specific policy areas- Environmental Policy, Government Regulation, Health and Aging, Poverty and Inequality, and Risk Management. Classes arranged under these policy areas are listed below.

Environmental Policy

ECP 3302 Economics of Natural Resources, Energy and The Environment
ECP 4312 Economies of Energy, Environment and Sustainability

GEO 4340 Living in Hazardous Environments

Political Science
PUP 2403 Environmental Politics and Policy

Urban and Regional Planning
URP 4022 Collective Decision Making

URP 4402 Sustainable Development Planning in the Americas

URP 4423 Intro to Environmental Planning and Resource Management

Government Regulation

ECO 3004 Debating Economic Issues

ECO 3130 Free to Choose
ECO 4504 Public Sector Economics
ECP 3451 Economics and the Law
ECP 3617 Land Use, Housing and Government Regulation

ECP 4413 Government Regulation of Business

Political Science
CPO 3703 Comparative Democratic Institutions
CPO 3743 States and Markets
POS 3122 State Politics
POS 3182 Florida Government

Public Administration
PAD 3003 Public Administration in Society
PAD 4120 Managing Florida’s Government and Its Key Policy Issues

Urban and Regional Planning
URP 4104 Consequences of Planning

Health and Aging

Political Science

PUP 4604 Health Services Organizations and Policy

ECP 4530 Economics of Health

GEO 4450 Medical Geography
GIS4421 GIS and Health

Public Administration
PAD4844 Public Health and Emergency


SYA 3741 Sociology of Death and Dying
SYA 4930 Neighborhoods, Stress & Health

SYO 4402 Medical Sociology
SYP 3730 Aging and Life Course
SYP 4550 Alcohol & Drug Problems

SYP 4062 Sexual and Reproductive Health
SYP 4764 Aging Policies & Services

Poverty and Inequality

ECO 4132 Economics of Compassion

ECP 3143 African Americans in U.S Political Economics

SYA 3741 Sociology of Death and Dying
SYD 4700 Race & Minority Group Relations
SYD 3800 Sex and Gender

SYO 3530 Social Class and Inequality

SYO 4250 Sociology of Education

SYP 4062 Sexual and Reproductive Health

Political Science

POS 4070 Race, Ethnicity and Politics
POS 4624 Supreme Court, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Public Administration
PAD 4382 Disaster Recovery and Mitigation

PAD 4301 Disaster Management Planning for Urban Poor Communities

Urban and Regional Planning
URP 4811 Multicultural Urbanism

URP 5540/4936 State and Local Economic Development

Risk Management

ECO 3933 Economics of Risk and Uncertainty
ECP 3302 Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment
ECP 4312 Economics of Energy, the Environment, and Sustainability

GEO 4340 Living in a Hazardous Environment

Political Science
PUP 4203 Environmental Politics and Policy

SYP 3000 Social Psychology of Groups
SYP 4570 Deviance and Social Control

Public Administration
PAD 4372 Leadership and Communication in Emergency Management
PAD 4391 Foundations in Emergency Management
PAD 4393 Emergency Management Programs, Planning and Policy

Acceptable Quantitative Analysis Courses

Students must take ONE of the following courses.
ECO 3431 Analysis of Economic Data
ECP 4618 Research Methods for Studying Housing, Land and Mortgage
ISS 3330 Interdisciplinary Research Methods
POS 3713 Understanding Political Science Research
SYA 4300 Methods of Social Research