Program Requirements: Pathways

In addition to coursework in their core curriculum, PACE students will create and pursue an interdisciplinary pathway of 12-18 credits in a particular public policy or practice area. Each PACE student will, in consultation with an advisor, select an individualized, customized, self-designed pathway course of study that advances the student’s career, graduate study, and personal interest goals. 

PACE students will be uniquely poised to take advantage of semester- or year-long study abroad opportunities. In addition, the flexibility works well with the Discovery Degree now being offered at RSC.

Examples of pathways may include:

  • Environmental Policy
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Globalization and International Studies
  • Political Communications
  • Community Development Policy
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Economic and Financial Policy
  • Health Care Policy
  • Children and Families Policy

Advising Templates

PACE requires students to take at least four courses (12 credits) in a selected pathway, all but one of which must be at the 200 level or above.  Below are courses that may be taken in some pathways.  Students may select different courses in these pathways or create their own pathway, all with advisement.

Children and Families Policy

Fall           

  • CRJ 356 Family Court Law
  • ECO 125 Economics of Social Problems
  • PSY 205 Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • SOC 206 Sociology of the Family

 Spring

  • CRJ 310 Victims and their Experiences (has prereq.)
  • ECO 202 Microeconomics
  • POL 229 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • SOC 212 Juvenile Delinquency

Criminal Justice Policy

Fall           

  •  CRJ 111   Criminal Justice Functions and Processes
  •  CRJ 266   Criminal Law
  •  POL 219  Law and Legal Process
  •  POL 230   Liberty v. Security

Spring

  • CRJ 310 Victims and their Experiences (has prereq.)
  • CRJ 312 Nature of Crime (has prereq.)
  • ECO 202 Microeconomics
  • POL 229 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Economic and Financial Policy

Fall               

  • ECO 125 Economics of Social Problems
  • ECO 201 Macroeconomics
  • ECO 304 Financial Markets and Institutions
  • ECO 215 Statistics for Decision Making

Spring

  • ECO 202 Microeconomics
  • ECO 310 Comparative Political Economy (has prereq.)
  • ECO 348 Topics in Global Economics
  • GLO 101 Introduction to Globalization

Environmental Policy

Fall

  • BIO 110   Environmental Issues
  • CHM 103   Introduction to General Chemistry
  • HST 248   Climate Change
  • POL 358 Legislative Process

Spring

  • BIO 326 Ecology (has prereq.)
  • ECO 202 Microeconomics
  • GLO 101 Introduction to Globalization
  • POL 420 Environmental Law and Policy (has prereqs.)

Globalization and International Studies

Fall

  • HST 107 Latin American History I  (Colonial Latin America)
  • HST 209 20TH Century World
  • HST 233 History of Modern China
  • POL 336 American Foreign Policy

Spring

  • ECO 310 Comparative Political Economy (has prereq.)
  • GLO 101 Introduction to Globalization
  • HST 108 Latin American History II (Modern Latin America)
  • HST 221 Modern Middle East

* Study Abroad

Politics and Political Communications

Fall

  • COM 104 Public Speaking and Presentations
  • COM 121 Introduction to Public Relations
  • COM 425 Communications Law and Ethics (has prereqs.)
  • POL 208 Community Politics

Spring

  • COM 248 Topic:  Documentaries as Critical Thinking
  • COM 421 Public Relations Campaigns (has prereqs.)
  • POL 334 American Political Thought
  • POL 346 Presidential Speeches

Pre-Law

Fall

  • CRJ 266 Criminal Law
  • CRJ  356 Family Court Law
  • POL 219 Law and Legal Process
  • SOC 319 Women and the Law

Spring

  • CRJ 353 Evidence
  • POL 229 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • POL 334 American Political Thought
  • ENG 344 Constitutional Interpretation

Health Policy

Fall

  • ECO 201 Macroeconomics
  • HSC 206 Cultural Perspectives of Health, Disability and Wellness
  • POL 313 Lobbyists, Lobbying and Interest Groups
  • SOC 222 Women, Health and the Body

Spring

  • ECO 125 Economics of Social Problems
  • HSC 215 Health/Wellness Across the Lifespan
  • HSC 405 Community Health Education
  • POL 314 Health Policy