Ph.D. Discipline: Policy History

How do we explain change in public policy in the past and the present? What ideas, experiences, and interests have shaped these changes? Why do different policies emerge and secure
acceptance at different times? The policy history specialization seeks to provide answers to these questions. Historical analysis provides a context for exploring policy shifts over time, and explains how past experiences shape current discussions. The curriculum uses an interdisciplinary approach to analyze policy development and implementation, with courses that examine the history of public policy in the fields of legislation, government, business, ideology, civil rights, and science and technology. Daniel Ritschel is the primary advisor.


HIST 701 The Study of History I
HIST 702 The Study of History II
HIST 801 Institutional and Policy History (or equivalent)