Public Policy (Minor)

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Why Public Policy?

Virtually all aspects of your life are impacted by public policy – the laws and regulations a government sets up in response to various issues. If you want to create change, having a solid understanding of public policy will open your eyes and open doors.

Why Study Public Policy at Iona?

You will work with closely with faculty who are industry professionals and have had a hand in creating, changing and analyzing public policies at various levels. Through network connections, you will have access to valuable internships where you can learn about public policy at a granular level.

If you are interested in going on to law school, we offer a combined admission program with Seton Hall University, allowing you to earn bachelor's and JD (Juris Doctor) degrees in an accelerated six-year program.

What You'll Learn

You will gain a well-rounded understanding on public policy from courses that cover the public policy process, administrative law, bureaucracy and more.

You will learn about policy from the perspective of different levels and branches of our government –from Congress to State and Local offices.

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Unique Elements of Program Format

  • Opportunity for combined admission to Iona University and Seton Hall University Law School

Careers & Outcomes

Studying how policies are implemented and their affect on society can prepare you for many career paths from creating laws to studying their effectiveness and so much more. 

Graduates can gain careers as a:

  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Compliance and Risk Management Analyst
  • Government Relations Advocate
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legislator

Program Highlights

Get a Head Start on Law School

If going to law school is your goal, this program can save you a year of tuition and accelerate your success. Iona University and Seton Hall University Law School have created a combined admission program for undergraduate and law school.

Community to Share Your Interests and Enhance Your Skills

You will have opportunities to participate in a Mock Trial Team, Model United Nations Team, and to travel internationally with The Soliya Connect Program, or International In-Service Learning.

Supportive Faculty

You will be learning in small classes with engaged, enthusiastic faculty who will become your mentors and advisers, and who will support your goals with research and internship opportunities, as well as career guidance.

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