Program Curriculum

Current Courses

Below are the proposed Policy Studies graduate courses. This schedule is subject to change. Consult the time schedule for the most up-to-date information.

2020 - 2021 Schedule

Autumn Quarter 

Required Courses

BPOLST 510 Statistics Fundamentals for Policy Studies (5 credits)​
Shauna Carlisle (SLN #11986)

**Early Fall Online CourseRemote Synchronous meeting dates and times are:

  • Thurs, Sept 3, 5-10 pm
  • Thurs, Sept 10, 5-10 pm
  • Fri, Sept 11, 5-10 pm
  • Sat, Sept 12, 10 am -3 pm

BPOLST 511 Policy Process and Analysis (5 credits)​ T 5:45 - 10 pm
Camille Walsh (SLN# 11987) Via remote learning

BPOLST 509 Pro-seminar (1 credit) M 5:45 - 7:45 pm**
Keith Nitta (SLN#11985) Via remote learning

**Meets alternate Mondays, as follows: 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30

Electives 

BPOLST 583 Issues in Environmental Policy (5 credits) W 5:45-10 pm
Martha Groom (SLN#22989) Via remote learning.

Remote Synchronous meeting dates are: 9/30,10/14,10/21,10/28,11/18,12/2,12/9

Nature conservation and human welfare should be linked to achieve better living conditions for both current and future generations, while supporting the richness of life. Yet, dominant paradigms of development rarely make such links, and worse, often undermine both ecological and social sustainability.  This course reviews historical patterns in conservation and development, with an emphasis on environmental history, political ecology, and conservation biology perspectives. We will visit debates over the processes that have led to current crises for humans, wildlife, cities and wildlands, and the merits and pitfalls of differing development and conservation strategies pursued here in the PNW and across the world. Through case study analyses, we will work toward a vision of how successful integration of conservation and development goals might be achieved, including lessons arising from the current pandemic.

BPOLST 593 Topics in Policy Studies: Social Policy (5 credits) Th 5:45-10 PM
Denise Vaughan (SLN#22990) Via remote learning

This course links political economy, policy interventions, and advocacy into a comprehensive understanding of US social policy. Employing methodology used in political science, economics, social welfare and social demography, this course examines the causes and policy solutions to social welfare issues such as poverty, taxes and income, public assistance, food and housing, mental health and substance abuse, child welfare, and social security. Students will learn to think critically about social policy, inequality, and redistribution and will prepare themselves to participate actively in social policy formation and analysis. A seminar/lecture style format will be used to actively engage students with the concepts and materials in this course. 

Outside Electives

If you would like to take a policy-related course from another UW graduate program for your elective requirement, please submit a petition before the quarter begins.


Winter Quarter 

Required Courses

BPOLST 502 Statistics for Policy Studies  (5 credits)​ Th 5:45-10:00 PM
Shauna Carlisle (SLN# 11816) Via remote instruction

BPOLST 513 Practicum in Policy Studies (5 credits)​ T 5:45-10:00 pm
Charlie Collins (SLN#11818) Via remote instruction

BPOLST 509 Proseminar  (1 credit) M 5:45-7:45 pm
Keith Nitta (SLN#11817) Via remote instruction
Meets alternate Mondays: 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22 and 3/8


Spring Quarter 

Required Courses

BPOLST 514 Management and Program Evaluation (5 credits)​ 
Keith Nitta, 5:45-10:00 PM 

BPOLST 594 Research Design  (5 credits) 
Joseph Ferrare, 5:45-10:00 pm 

BPOLST 509 Proseminar  (1 credit) 
Keith Nitta, M 5:45-7:45 pm
Meets alternate Mondays


Summer Quarter 

Required Courses

BPOLST 515 Capstone (8 credits) 
Independent Study, by arrangement

BPOLST 509 Proseminar  (2 credit)
Keith Nitta, M 6:00 - 8:30 PM


Electives, Independent Study

Please see and submit the appropriate petitions for these courses.

BPOLST 598 Directed Research
Meetings and faculty to be arranged

Learn more about how to enroll in Directed Research

BPOLST 520 Policy Internship
Prerequisites: Policy Process; Statistics for Policy Studies
Meetings and faculty to be arranged

Learn more about how to conduct an Internship


Outside Courses

Students wishing to receive elective credit for courses taken in other departments (either at UW Bothell or UW Seattle) must fill out a Petition for Outside Coursework form and obtain faculty approval.


** This schedule is subject to change.

For more information on how to register, visit the Registration page.