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Social Policy Area of Emphasis

Below are the requirements and steps to follow for students interested in a Social Policy Area of Emphasis:

  • Choose the Management and Policy (MAP) Concentration
  • Take three courses related to social policy
    1. SWPS II (required course) counts as one of the three courses.
    2. Two electives
      • SW currently offers one policy elective: Policy Perspectives on Poverty and Inequality (usually offered in the spring and open to students who have taken SWPS I)
      • Any other graduate-level policy-related course in the University or affiliated institutions
  • Request a social policy field placement for your advanced year 

Social Policy Area of Emphasis can be combined with certificate programs, such as the Certificates in Aging and Violence against Women and Children or other Areas of Emphasis. 


 

Sample schedules for Social Policy Area of Emphasis Courses 

Example 1:  No special certificate programs selected

Foundation year

  • Second semester: Policy Perspectives on Poverty & Inequality – SW elective

Advanced year

  • First semester: SWPS II
  • Second semester: Gender, Family, and Public Policy – Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Example 2: Certificate Program in VAWC (Violence against Women and Children)

Advanced year

  • First semester: SWPSII: VAWC (Advanced Social Policy: Violence against Women and Children), Child Welfare Management, or Emerging Issues in Child Welfare and Policy Practice
  • Second semester: Policy Perspectives on Poverty & Inequality

Example 3: Certificate Program in Aging

Advanced year

  • First semester: SWPSII: Health and Aging and Health Care Policy (Bloustein)
  • Second semester: Policy Perspectives on Poverty & Inequality

Questions about the Social Policy area of emphasis can be directed to Assistant Professor Lenna Nepomnyaschy at lennan@ssw.rutgers.edu

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