University Announces Policy Studies Program

DARTMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS -- After years of effort by Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack and faculty members supportive of the idea, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced today that its Center for Policy Analysis, and the Policy Studies faculty have secured final approval to offer an undergraduate Minor in Policy Studies. The University Provost, Dr. Louis Esposito made the announced at a press conference in the University library. This is the first major academic initiative in the social sciences at UMass Dartmouth in 30 years.

DARTMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS -- After years of effort by Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack and faculty members supportive of the idea, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced today that its Center for Policy Analysis, and the Policy Studies faculty have secured final approval to offer an undergraduate Minor in Policy Studies. The University Provost, Dr. Louis Esposito made the announced at a press conference in the University library. This is the first major academic initiative in the social sciences at UMass Dartmouth in 30 years. 

The Policy Studies program will offer undergraduate students at UMass Dartmouth a range of new courses, expanded internship opportunities, the ability to participate in applied policy research projects, and additional career opportunities in public service and the private sector. This innovative new curriculum will provide students with a general understanding of policy formation, policy implementation processes, and specialized knowledge of at least one policy area. 

“This new Policy Studies Minor will emphasize the development of policy analysis, research, and public management skills,” according to UMD Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. “It will maintain a special focus on policy issues that concern state, regional, and municipal governments in Massachusetts and New England. That is an important part of the University’s mission to serve its constituents,” she added. 

Three outstanding faculty members have been transferred into the program on a full-time basis to deliver the initial courses in the Policy Studies program, including Chancellor Professors Philip H. Melanson, Toby E. Huff, and Clyde W. Barrow. Six additional affiliated faculty members who teach policy-related cross-listed courses in the departments of Economics, Sociology, and Philosophy will also support the Policy Studies program. 

“We are especially pleased by the University’s commitment to deliver the new Minor as a free-standing interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences with its own budget and faculty,” said Dr. Clyde W. Barrow. 

Dr. Philip H. Melanson has agreed to serve as the program’s first Executive Director. In addition, he will offer the first course on “Terrorism, Political Violence, and Assassination: Problems & Policies” as well as supervise the Minor’s new student-internship program. The Policy Studies program will begin offering a full complement of public policy courses in the fall semester of 2004. 

In addition, the Policy Studies Program will be awarding its first scholarship to Courtney St. Germain, who is currently serving as an Intern in the Town Administrator’s Office in the Town of Seekonk. 

The UMass President’s Office has also authorized the new Policy Studies Program to proceed with the development of a Final Application for a Master of Public Policy program, which could begin as early as the fall semester of 2005. 

Additional details on the undergraduate Minor and the Master’s degree proposal can be found at http://www.umassd.edu/cfpa/policy.htm.


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