2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Student-Originated Studies: Public Policy in Washington State


Spring 2012 quarter

Cheri Lucas-Jennings law and public policy, environmental law
Fields of Study
business and management, communications, community studies, cultural studies, economics, field studies, government, health, law and government policy, law and public policy, leadership studies, media studies, sociology and sustainability studies
Preparatory for studies or careers in
American law and public policy, public administration, organizational structures, fiscal economics and a wide range of academic interests.
Proficiency with research methodology; skills at working independently; interest but not necessarily background study in public agencies or organizations.

This program is designed to support students interested in internships with public agencies or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in public policy issues. Internship possibilities include but are not limited to: Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation, Department of Ecology,  City of Olympia, a Water Resources agency or a Growth Management Board. There are also numerous local NGOs (e.g. Capital Land Trust, various fisheries commissions) that are focused on a variety of public policy.

In addition to internship work, students will complete an extensive independent research project focused on a public issue that is related to the internship work. Research topics could include public policy, environmental, land-use, health, education, welfare or other similar issues issues. Program work will include weekly meetings, peer-review groups, research, writing and presentation of the final paper. Final research papers will also be distributed to the relevant organizations or agencies.

Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
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Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 21st, 2012 New offering added.