Degree Tracks

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Degree Tracks

Students develop further depth in either a Policy Analysis or a Strategy and Communication track, completing two additional elective courses in one of the tracks. Courses in both tracks can also be taken as open electives. 


Strategy and Communication Track 

The Strategy and Communication track is for students who want policy careers as leaders, spokespeople or strategists.

Students selecting the Strategy and Communication Track are required to take:

  •  PPOL 912:  Strategies for Policy Impact

              OR

  •   PPOL 822:  Media Strategy and Communication

And at least one additional course from among:

  • PPOL 912:  Strategies for Policy Impact
  • PPOL 822:  Media Strategy and Communication
  • ADMN 952:  Organizations, Leadership and Environment
  • LPI 928:  Lobbying and the Legislative Process
  •  NR 885:  Systems Thinking for Sustainable Solutions
  •  POLT 812:  Leadership Theory and Practice
  •  POLT 815:  Art of Negotiation

Students may also propose courses to fulfill the track requirement that meet their own needs and career plans.   Discussion with an advisor should inform this choice. 

Policy Analysis Track 

The Policy Analysis track is for students who want policy careers as policy researchers, data analysts, and/or researchers specializing in evaluation. 

Several possible areas of focus within the track are:   

Students selecting this area will gain skills in designing and carrying out research in real world settings, including evaluation and assessment, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs.  Courses focus on different aspects of research design and data collection and on the tools of evaluation research.

Courses (2 minimum) 
One course in Advanced Research Design

  • SOC 902:  Research Design
  • EDUC 882: Introduction to Research Methods

One course (minimum – more can be taken as open electives) in one area below:

Evaluation (one of the following):

  • SOC 794/894: Evaluation Research
  • EDUC 972: Introduction to Education Evaluation
  •  POLT 804: Policy and Program Evaluatiom

Qualitative  Inquiry

  •  SOC 904: Qualitative Research Methods
  •  EDUC 904:  Qualitative Inquiry                   

Assessment

  •  EDUC 885:  Introduction to Assessment
  •  EDUC 886: Issues in Assessment

Students selecting this area will gain skills in advanced statistics – logistic regression, time series analysis, econometrics, multi-level modeling—and data analysis—analyzing data from randomized controlled experiments, especially in a policy context, working with complex data sets (census, administrative data, available survey data like ADD Health), and graphic presentation of data

Courses (2 minimum) 

  • SOC 903: Advanced Social Statistics
  • DATA 801 : Foundations of  Data Analytics    
  • DATA 802:  Analytical Tools and Foundations 
  • DATA 803 : Introduction to Analytics Applications
  • EDUC 979: Applied Multilevel Modeling
  • PSYC 907: Research Methods and Statistics II
  • PSYC 909: Advanced Seminar in Quantitative Methods
  • ECON  (TBD:  they will add an 800-level section to a 700-level econometrics course; 900 level econometrics courses not appropriate)
  • GSS 800: Elements of Geospatial Science
  • GSS 805: Applied GIS for Research

Students selecting this area will gain skills in designing, carrying out, and interpreting survey research, particularly in the context of measuring public opinion about policy issues.  Focus on survey sampling, measurement, data management, and interpretation of survey data. 

Courses (2 minimum)

  • SOC 897: Sociological Methods:  Survey Research
  • POLT 811:  Public Opinion and Survey Research

   (One credit modules to be developed in sampling, measurement, interviewing)

Students may also design their own focus by proposing courses to fulfill the track requirement that meet their own needs and career plans.   Discussion with an advisor should inform this choice.

 

 

Contact

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Admissions and General Program Information:
Robin Husslage 
carsey.mpp@unh.edu
603.862.2338