Undergraduate Programs in
Public Policy and Public Service
If you are interested in the political process, policy and public service, the major in Public Policy and Public Service combines all of those areas in one degree. You will develop a deep understanding of modern policy challenges, as well as the leadership skills to meet them.
This program includes:
Foundation in Four Core Areas
Cross-cultural and Global Affairs; Ethics and Public Policy; Institutions, Policy Making and Historical Development; Interest Groups and Social Movements
Interdisciplinary & Individualized Study
Courses in eight different disciplines; design your own concentrations based on your interests
Local, National, & International Internships
Get practical, applied, professional experience with public and private public policy institutions, including government agencies, elected officials, think tanks, community and interest groups.
Major and Concentrations
The BA in Public Policy and Public Service is a multidisciplinary program that allows students flexibility to design their own concentrations. Also available is a minor in Public Affairs.
Introduction to Public Policy
One course in Statistics
One course in Social Science Methodology
One course in four core areas:
Cross-Cultural and Global Affairs
Ethics and Public Policy
Institutions, Policy Making, and Historical Development
Interest Groups and Social Movements
All students also are required to complete a concentration of at least 18 semester hours. Below is a list of some typical concentration areas. Click a concentration listing to see suggested coursework for each.
Meet Dr. Meena Bose
Meena Bose is Executive Dean for Public Policy and Public Service Programs at the Peter S. Kalikow School, and Director of Hofstra’s Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency. A nationally recognized scholar on the American presidency, she frequently comments on presidential politics for media including Fox News Radio, CBS Radio, The New York Times Room for Debate online forum, and Newsday.
Dr. Bose has developed non-partisan courses sponsored by The Washington Center in connection with the national party conventions and key issues in American politics. In 2020 she saw the publication of Executive Policymaking: The Role of the OMB in the Presidency, which introduces readers to the operations and responsibilities of the Office of Management and Budget.
Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
Together with Hofstra's conferences on the American presidency, the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency and the Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies make Hofstra one of the very few institutions in the country with a unique focus on the presidency.
Internships offer real-world experiences beyond the classroom and prepare students for professional careers.
Hofstra students have interned for the government, media organizations, non-profit organizations, think tanks, and advocacy groups. Examples include ABC/ABC News, American Legislative Exchange Council, Citizens Committee for NYC, Congressman Peter King, Doctors Without Borders, International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Planned Parenthood, Uniondale Community Council, Voice of America, and the public relations agency Zimmerman/Edelson, Inc.
In addition, students may want to take advantage of the following opportunities:
The Washington Semester Program
This program invites Hofstra students to become interns in Congress, the Executive Branch, the Federal Judiciary, and various Non-Governmental Organizations. In recent years, Hofstra students have worked for various Senators and Representatives, in the State Department and the Justice Department, for the Office of the Clerk of the United States Supreme Court, and for such groups as the American Defense Institute.
The New York State Assembly Session Internship
This internship involves working in the office of a member of the New York State Assembly in Albany. Interns are assigned research and administrative responsibilities in an Assembly office, spending a minimum of 30 hours at the Capital each week. In addition, interns enroll in a course on Legislative Politics, for which required readings are provided and which meets periodically.
Washington Center Seminar
Students with outstanding academic records and a keen interest in American politics may be selected to participate in a seminar at The Washington Center examining the current political and media landscapes.
The Washington Center is a non-profit organization that has hosted seminars and other courses about American politics and governance for more than 30 years. Hofstra has sent students to the Washington Center January seminar for close to a decade.