Public Policy

Prepare to Serve and Lead the Public

As the public becomes more connected to work, social circles and information, they expect to have the same access to government. FordBridge's Bachelor of Arts in Government with an Emphasis in State and Local Public Policy supports the development of h4 political leadership that makes a difference in the lives of people and their communities and creates a connection with them.

Bachelor of Arts in Government Public Policy

Degree Outcomes

This BA in Government with an Emphasis in State and Local Public Policy degree surveys the development of the Canadian Constitution from its colonial origins to the present day. In the broader framework of political philosophy, the program examines constitutional law and the impact Supreme Court decisions have had on society. It offers an introduction to Canadian politics and government while providing a deep understanding of constitutional foundations and governing institutions.

In this program, you learn:

Public policy and how media and citizens are impacted.

Administrative strategies on the national, state and local levels.

Development of city government and issues specific to local government, including policy and welfare.

Comparisons and analysis of different forms of government.

Zoning and planning in municipal governments.

Special topics related to local government.

Career Outcomes

The public policy bachelor's degree helps you develop analytical, communications, research and public relations skills that can lead to a public administrator role that is responsible for creating policy and laws that impact society. Research analysts in the political sphere also demand an h4 understanding of public policy and the inner-workings of government and politics. A public policy education can extend into nonprofits, regulatory affairs in the private sector and the broader corporate space that is heavily reliant on public policy and regulations.

The programs offered at FordBridge may vary by content and course length. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor.

General Education coursework prepares FordBridge graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.

Competency: University Foundations Total Credits: 4.

Competency: Effective Communication Total Credits: 13-16.

Competency: Business Worldview Total Credits: 4.

Competency: Critical Thinking Total Credits: 3-4.

Competency: Global Awareness, Perspective, and Ethics Total Credits: 10-12.

Program Core Courses.

GOV-140: Canadian Government and Politics Total Credits: 4 credits.

GOV-210: Introduction to Comparative Government and International Politics Total Credits: 4 credits.

GOV-378: Canadian Constitution Total Credits: 4 credits.

GOV-366: State and Local Government Total Credits: 4 credits.

GOV-358: Research Methods in Government and Politics Total Credits: 4 credits.

GOV-364: Public Policy Analysis Total Credits: 4 credits.

GOV-307: Introduction to Political Theory Total Credits: 4 credits.

GOV-376: Municipal Government and Administration Total Credits: 4 credits.

GOV-351: Public Administration Total Credits: 4 credits.

GOV-467: Special Topics in Federal-State-Local Relations Total Credits: 4 credits.

GOV-459: Government Capstone Total Credits: 4 credits.