The Policy SGA seeks to increase the visibility of policy as a discipline and emphasize its connection and importance to many other disciplines across the university. To achieve this goal, the Policy SGA is developing several new curricular elements aimed primarily at non-policy majors who have an interest in policy or see a direct application to their future field of interest.
In 2017, the curriculum subcommittee implemented a campus-wide survey to inventory policy courses at Virginia Tech and identify potential synergies and gaps in policy offerings.
- Click here to view a listing of policy-focused courses offered to Virginia Tech students.
Several curricular ideas are under consideration for development in 2018, including:
- A policy gateway course for upper-level undergraduate or graduate students to introduce them the foundations of policy analysis and decision making in complex social and technical settings.
- A 4+1 policy degree for non-policy majors to provide students with a broad understanding of planning, policy-making and public administration, and a suite of tools to help them succeed and lead in government and other policy sectors.
- A graduate certificate for non-policy majors to provide additional training in policy concepts and applications.
- Active discussions are also occurring with the Virginia Tech Integrated Security Destination Area and Global Systems Science DA to determine synergies and possible curricular collaboration.
For more information about policy curriculum development and progress, contact curriculum committee co-chairs.