One of the requirements of the minor, providing one of the three units of substantive policy work, is a senior thesis. The thesis requirement is designed to provide a structured opportunity to write a substantial paper on a public policy issue. It is especially aimed to allow those who have cultivated (through internships and academic work) a well-developed understanding of some policy question to complete research and analysis under the supervision of the Coordinator of the Public Policy Program and one or more other core faculty. Paper topics may focus on national or international policy issues and may range widely within areas of competence.
Students writing a one-credit thesis should register for Public Policy 97 in the fall of the senior year; students doing a two-credit thesis should register for Public Policy 97 in the fall and Public Policy 98 in the fall or spring of the senior year. Only one credit of the two-credit thesis will count toward the six credits required by the minor.