Placeholder image for Policy Studies

Policy Studies, B.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Pittsburg, CA, United States
Policy Studies at Chatham University is a multidisciplinary major, centered in economics, history, and political science, and draws upon the expertise of faculty in those disciplines. This major is built upon a single required core of courses, which provides students with the tools essential for a coherent understanding of and participation in policy making.


This Bachelor Degree in Policy Studies at Chatham University also integrates internships with classroom experience, and provides applied courses focused on either American policy-making or policy making in a global context.

Policy Studies is designed to prepare students for either a career in international or domestic policy making in public and private settings. For U.S. students interested in international policy, this major will prepare them for the examination for entrance into the U.S. Foreign Service and other government careers. International students will learn to interpret U.S. policy to their national governments. Students interested in careers in domestic policy making can prepare for careers in public service, either in elected office, government agencies, or non-governmental policy organizations. This major can serve as a base for graduate work in international relations, public policy, and law, as well as for more traditional academic fields.

Policy Studies (BA) Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Policy Studies major will be able to:

·         Demonstrate a knowledge of the institutions and processes of political decision-making and their impact on policy-making

·         Demonstrate an ability to apply historical, economic and political data and theories to understand, articulate, and evaluate domestic and international public policy

·         Students will be able to locate and evaluate the perspective, quality and accuracy of information resources

·         Students will be able to demonstrate ability to characterize a policy issue and apply skills and knowledge acquired in the curriculum to analyze that issue and make policy recommendations

·         Students will be able to clearly communicate knowledge via oral and written means

·         Students will be able to write simple policy memos

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

·         Principles of Macroeconomics

·         Principles of Microeconomics

·         Introduction to World History

·         Introduction to American History

·         Introduction to Comparative Politics

·         American Government and Public Policy

·         Understanding Public Policy

·         Business Statistics

·         Elementary Statistics

·         Economic Analysis of Public Policy

·         Selected Topics in Social Science Research

·         Integrative Capstone

·         Women and Work

·         Economic Development

·         International Trade and Finance

·         International Organizations

·         Women and Politics

·         The U.S. Congress

·         Ethnic Conflict

·         Politics of the European Union

·         U.S. Foreign Policy

·         Social Welfare: Women and Policy

·         Rise of the Third World

·         Recent African History

·         American Environmental History         

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Get a free IELTS practice test
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

    Schedule TOEFL®

General Requirements

    Application requirements:

    First-year student admission is for applicants entering directly from high school, without enrolling in prior post-secondary course work (other than courses completed while attending high school).

    First-year student applicants must submit the following:

    ·         Completed application for admission

    ·         Official high school transcripts 

    ·         SAT  or ACT scores

    ·         Essay or writing sample

    ·         One or more letters of recommendation from guidance counselor or teachers. 

    Students may apply using our test optional policy and choose not to submit their standardized test scores at the time of application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37611 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37611 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    37611 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37611 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Pittsburg

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


Did you know you can compare your wishlisted programmes with our new Comparison tool?