Social Policy and Practice

Program Description

The multidisciplinary coordinate Major in Social Policy & Practice introduces students to problems, policies, and methods in the social policy and welfare field through three core courses and additional elective coursework in the social and behavioral sciences. The major is designed to encourage students to explore social policy interests prior to employment or graduate education. It also serves as an excellent pre-professional major for social work, the social sciences, education, law, public health, public policy, and related fields.

The program in Social Policy & Practice is designed to grant students a considerable degree of freedom in the choice of electives and to offer ample avenues for students interested in pursuing independent research and/or internship experiences. The program is particularly interested in encouraging the study of social problems related to living in an urban environment such as issues related to race, class, poverty, gender, social justice and the intersections among them. Students in the program are encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities. The option to write an honors thesis is available to students who are in the University’s Honors Program.

Social Policy & Practice graduates often find that they have many career options because of their broad academic backgrounds and well-developed writing, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills that are highly valued by employers in a wide variety of settings. Students in the major are well prepared for entering the fields of social work, education, public policy, public health, law, medicine, business, and any other field that values a solid liberal arts education.

All SPP coordinate majors must major in one of the three majors: Sociology, Political Science, and Economics.

Required Courses (9 hours)
Elective Courses (21 hours)

All SPP students are required to take 7 elective courses (21 hours) to be selected from a list of approved courses (see below). These courses will be policy-oriented courses in sociology, economics, political science, and other SLA disciplines and programs. No elective credit will be accepted for courses outside of Newcomb-Tulane College.

Students can take only three courses below the 4000-level for elective credit. All other elective courses must be at the 4000-level or above.

All the departments have approved their courses for listing as SPP electives. The courses below are offered on a regular basis at Tulane by regular faculty members. Please note that some of these courses have prerequisites. Students should consult the course catalog prior to registering to ensure that they have met any department-specific prerequisites.

Political Science:
Social Work:
Graduate Level Social Work Courses:

Priority for enrollment in graduate level social welfare courses is reserved for graduate students, but instructors will often consider undergraduates for enrollment when space is available. The instructor has total discretion in determining the suitability of the undergraduate for enrollment in a graduate course. The list of courses that will consider undergraduate enrollment is available in the Program Directors office.