USP: Social Policy Focus Area
The Social Policy focus area is designed to provide students with the analytical tools, management skills and knowledge needed to design, implement and evaluate the outcomes of social policies that aim to increase access to economic opportunity in marginalized populations and manage economic and social risks, such as unemployment, poverty, social exclusion, crime, recidivism, homelessness, sickness, disability, and old age.
Traditional social service management has expanded to include public-private partnerships, extensive government contracting, and a wide range of civil society initiatives at local, state, national, and supranational levels of governance. Students interested in this field will study the historical, political, economic, and socio-cultural trends of social policy and the contemporary challenges that stem from the financial crisis and rising inequality; immigration and immigrant integration; growing racial and ethnic tensions; changing gender relations; rising healthcare and education costs; and criminal recidivism.
Students must complete a total of 15 points, with at least 3 points from menu of core courses.
- USP short courses (1.5 points) can count towards your elective requirement.
- A second core course can count towards your elective requirement.
- Two specialization courses (up to a total of 6 points) can be double counted for elective requirement.
Select one of the following:
|PUAF U6228||Comparative Social Welfare Policy (*preferred Core option*)||3|
|SOCW T6801||Social Welfare Policy 1||3|
|Other (requires approval; includes core courses previously listed)|
(To register for this course, SIPA students must complete this Form)
In addition to the electives listed below, all courses listed under Management in Urban Public Sector or Not-For-Profits and Urban Social Policy will count towards the Social Policy Track
|SIPA U6310||Nonprofit Financial Management||3|
|ENVP U6250||Poverty, Inequality, and the Environment||3|
|ENVP U6275||GIS for International Studies||3|
|INAF U6053||Creating a Social Enterprise||3|
|INAF U6143||Gender, Globalization and Human Rights||3|
|INAF U6175||Global Perspectives on Migration||3|
|INAF U6256||Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development||3|
|INAF U6368||Women and Globalization||1.5|
|INAF U6372||Policy and Women's Leadership||1.5|
|INAF U6621||Public Policy Challenges in Brazil and Latin America||3|
|INAF U6735||Issues in Rural Development||3|
|INAF U6772||Global Inequality||3|
|INAF U6898||Program Evaluation and Design||3|
|INAF U8161||Economics, Law and Public Policy||3|
|INAF U8201||Public Education: The Innovators||1.5|
|PUAF U6123||Immigration Politics and Policy||3|
|PUAF U8352||Comparative Perspectives on Race, Politics and Public Policy||3|
|PUAF U8353||Race Policy & American Politics||3|
|EMPA U6510||Managing Social and Economic Risk: Comparative Public Policy Approaches||3|
Courses offered at affiliate Columbia Schools - Enrollment not guaranteed. Please see Cross-Registration instructions. Many courses will require instructor permission.
|A&HF 4094 (TC)||School and Society||3|
|C&T 4615 (TC)||Young Children and Social Policy: Issues and Problems||3|
|CSER UN3490||Post 9/11 Immigration Policies (Additional graduate coursework required. Consult USP staff before registering.)||4|
|EDPP 5042 (TC)||Urban Politics and Education||3|
|EDPS 4022 (TC)||Sociology of Urban Education||3|
|HPMN P6503||Introduction to Health Economics||3|
|HPMN P6508||Health Policy and the Political System||3|
|HPMN P8513||Health Care to Vulnerable Populations||1.5|
|HPMN P8530||Seminar on Aging and Health Policy: A Global Perspective||1.5|
|HPMN P8549||Interest Group Politics and Health Policy||1.5|
|HPMN P8561||Managing Public Health Non-Profits||1.5|
|HPMN P8580||Global Health Governance||1.5|
|LAW L6250||Immigration Law||3|
|LAW L6252||Family Law||3|
|LAW L6357||Public Health Law||3|
|LAW L6506||Gender Justice||3|
|ORLJ 5340 (TC)||Basic Practicum Conflict Resolution||3|
|POPF P8651||Water and Sanitation in Complex Emergencies||1.5|
|SOCI G4370||Process of Stratification/Inequality||3|
|SOCW T6910||The Healthcare System||3|
|SOCW T6970||Contemporary Social Issues||3|
|SOCW T7330||Intro to Community Organizing||3|
|SOSC P8705||Evaluation of Health Programs||3|
|SOSC P8717||Urban Space & Health||3|
|SOSC P8737||Emerging Topics in Urban & Community Health||1|
|SOSC P8745||Social and Economic Determinants of Health||3|
|SOSC P8750||Race & Health||3|
|SOSC P8762||Chronic Disease, Urban and Community Health||3|
|SOSC P8773||Social History of American Public Health||3|
|CSER W3935||(Additional graduate coursework required. Consult USP staff before registering.)||4|
|HIST W3523||History of Health Inequality in the Modern United States (Additional graduate coursework required. Consult USP staff before registering.)||3|
|POLS W3260||(Additional graduate coursework required. Consult USP staff before registering.)||3|
|SOCI GU4370||Processes of Stratification and Inequality||3|
|SOCI UN3900||Societal Adaptations to Terrorism (Additional graduate coursework required. Consult USP staff before registering.)||4|
|LAW L6357||Public Health Law||2|
|A&HH 4076 (TC)||History of Urban Education||3|
|A&HF 4094 (TC)||Languages, Society and Schools||3|
|SOCW T6416||Program Evaluation - Social Service||3|
|FINC B8355||Impact Investing Seminar||1.5|
All students are encouraged to discuss their proposed schedule with their advisor.
|Core: Conceptual Foundations (MIA) Politics of Policy Making (MPA)1||4||SIPA U4201 or U64011||3|
|Concentration Elective Course||3|
|Concentration Elective Course||3|
|Specialization Course 1||3|
Other (requires concentration director approval)
|SIPA U4200 or U64001||3|
|Core: Management Course or Financial Management Course||3|
|Concentration Core Course (choose one):||3|
|Elective||3||Concentration Elective Course||3|
|Concentration Elective Course||3||Internship Registration (Optional)||3|
|Core: Management Course or Financial Management Course||3||Specialization Course 3||1.5, 3|
|Specialization Course 2||3||Core: Capstone Workshop||3|
|Total Points: 57-58.5|
Courses must be taken in the semester listed.
Foreign Language - For MIA students and EPD concentrators who need to take language courses to fulfill the degree/concentration requirement, your schedule may need to be adjusted accordingly.
Core- MIA students are required to take one Interstate Relations course.