At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, social and poverty policy issues have been prominent fields of research and instruction for decades, especially since the founding of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the university in 1966. Part of the War on Poverty, IRP was funded by the federal government for the purpose of supporting basic research on the nature and causes of poverty and on strategies and policies to reduce poverty. Since then, IRP has received a federal core grant to support these activities. This has contributed to the hiring of numerous faculty members in a variety of social sciences disciplines who place social and poverty policy issues at the core of their interests.
The La Follette School has built upon this strong social sciences and poverty research base, offering numerous opportunities for students to take courses in this area and to engage in research with faculty members studying social and poverty policy.
La Follette students with an interest in careers in Social and Poverty Policy can choose their electives from many courses in this area. These courses are offered in several departments of the university, including Economics, Social Work, Consumer Science, and Political Science.
Students interested in public policy and aging may complete the Gerontology Certificate offered through the Institute on Aging. Students also may complete two master's degrees simultaneously in Social Work and Public Policy.
Students may take courses from other departments depending on their interests. Students should consult their advisors if they are unsure whether a course is appropriate. Possible elective courses include:
SW 920 Child, Youth, Family Policy and Services
LAW 931 Poverty Law and Social Welfare Law
LAW 940 Children, Law and Society
POLI SCI 317 Politics of Human Rights
POLI SCI 445 Politics of Poverty and Social Welfare
PA 818 Quantitative Tools for Public Policy Analysis
PA 869 Workshop in Public Affairs, Domestic Issues
PA 873 Introduction to Policy Analysis
PA 874 The Policymaking Process
PA 878 Public Management
PA 880 Microeconomic Policy Analysis
PA 800 Professional Development Workshop
PA 548 Economics of Health Care
PA 883 Politics of Poverty, Inequality and Social Policy
PA 885 Advanced Public Management
PA 887 Non-Profit Leadership
PA 891 State and Local Government Finance
PA 892 Public Budgeting
Students graduating with a focus in social and poverty policy go on to work as policy research analysts in independent research organizations and think tanks such as:
La Follette School alumni hold research and managerial positions in government agencies such as:
Alumni also take on leadership roles and other positions in non-profit organizations such as:
Student internships include experiences such as these: