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Social Policy, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Social Policy program of Northwestern University explores how policies function as the guiding principles that serve as the foundation for social programs. The Social Policy program analyzes the ways in which social policies and social institutions influence the course of human lives, and the ways in which individuals can influence social policies.
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The Social Policy program of Northwestern University provides a strong background in the social sciences and an understanding of current social policy issues. This interdisciplinary program also draws upon current research in the fields of African American studies, anthropology, communication studies, economics, gender studies, history, philosophy, political science, public health and sociology.

In addition to core courses in life span development, research and statistics, students have the flexibility to tailor the program to their unique interests by creating an interdisciplinary specialization. Many students choose to double major or minor while maintaining social policy as their primary focus.

Students may pursue research apprenticeships and independent study opportunities with faculty members in the School of Education and Social Policy or the Institute for Policy Research. Faculty research projects include studies of welfare and poverty, community development, public opinion and policy, achievement gaps in education, homelessness and education reform.

Career paths

Social Policy students combine their strong academic training with real-world experience working with people to open a variety of doors after graduation. Many graduates go directly into the workforce upon graduation while others go to graduate school, often for law, public policy, medicine or public health, or pursue a fellowship. Graduates frequently find jobs of interest in public policy, government, advocacy, policy research and analysis, education, law-related fields, nonprofits and business. Below are some examples of the types of jobs and education programs recent graduates have pursued.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Social Policy
  • Social Policy and Human Services
  • Education Policy
  • Legal Aspects of Education
  • Economics of Social Policy
  • Global Human Trafficking

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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