Areas of Specialization

The major includes 15 hours of coursework in three core areas of social policy: groups and identities, institutions, and policy processes and outcomes. As the substantive body of the Social Policy Analysis major, these courses provide students with an understanding of social problems, institutions, and the processes and outcomes of social policy. Students are required to take at least one course in each of the three areas of specialization, and a total of 15 hours, from the list of approved courses or with the approval of the major adviser.

Groups and Identities

  • ANTH 354 - Illness, Disability, and the Gendered Body
  • ANTH 443 - Race, Ethnicity, and Health
  • EDUC 304 - Race, Gender, and Class in Education
  • HIST 484 - The Black City: African American Urban History
  • LING 205 - Language and Society
  • LING 303 - Language and Gender
  • LING 322 - Language and Ethnicity
  • POLI 325 - African American Politics
  • POLI 328 - Latino Politics in the US
  • POLI 330 - Minority Politics
  • POLI 334 - American Political Parties
  • POLI 419 - Political Parties and Interest Groups in American Politics
  • PSYC 331 - Psychology of Gender
  • PSYC 333 - Multicultural Psychology
  • PSYC 438 - Group Dynamics
  • PSYC 475 - Stereotyping And Prejudice
  • PSYC 480 - Children of Immigrants
  • SOCI 231 - Social Problems
  • SOCI 301 - Social Inequality
  • SOCI 306 - Sociology of Gender
  • SOCI 309 - Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOCI 313 - Demography
  • SOCI 329 - Multiracial America
  • SOCI 343 - Race, Society and Population Change
  • SOCI 364 - Muslims in American Society
  • SOCI 374 - Social Psychology of Prejudice
  • SOCI 415 - The Environmental Movement
  • SOCI 470 - Inequality and Urban Life
  • SPPO 435 - Language Ideologies and Language Identities
  • SWGS 385 - Sexual Debates in the US

Institutions

  • ANTH 326 - Law, Power and Culture
  • ANTH 340/540 - Neoliberalism and Globalization
  • ANTH 341 - Museums and Heritage: Exhibiting Art, Exhibiting Culture
  • ANTH 345 - The Politics of the Past: Archaeology in Social Context
  • ECON 210 - Behavioral Economics
  • ECON 239 - Law and Economics
  • ECON 260 - Microeconomics & Public Policy
  • ECON 265 - Microeconomics & Public Policy Towards Business
  • ECON 270 - Macroeconomics & Public Policy
  • ECON 275 - International Macroeconomics & Public Policy
  • ECON 320 - Evaluation of Social Programs
  • ECON 343 - Corporate Finance
  • ECON 355 - Financial Markets
  • ECON 365 - World Economic History
  • ECON 435 - Industrial Organization
  • ECON 439 - Advanced Topics in Law and Economics
  • ECON 452 - Religion, Ethics, Economics
  • ECON 455 - Money and Banking
  • POLI 301 - State Politics
  • POLI 315 - Elections and Voting Behavior
  • POLI 317 - The Congress
  • POLI 318 - The Presidency
  • POLI 321 - American Constitutional Law
  • POLI 332 - Urban Politics
  • POLI 335 - Political Environment Of Business
  • POLI 336/POLI 436 - Politics of Regulation
  • POLI 342 - Politics of the Judiciary
  • POLI 343 - Media and Politics
  • POLI 418 - Modern American Presidency
  • POLI 432 - Urban Politics
  • POLI 436 - Politics of Regulation
  • POLI 445 - Seminar in Judicial Process and Behavior
  • PSYC 231 - Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 436 - Advanced Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC/POLI 420 - Election Systems, Technologies, and Administration
  • SOCI 308 - Houston: The Sociology of the City
  • SOCI 310 - Urban Sociology
  • SOCI 314 - Science at Risk? Out of the Lab and into Public Sphere
  • SOCI 319 - Sociology of Work and Occupations
  • SOCI 325 - Sociology Of Law
  • SOCI 334 - Sociology of the Family
  • SOCI 358 - Crime, Punishment and Society
  • SOCI 389 - Race, Gender, Class on Film
  • SOCI 437 - Sociology of Education
  • SOSC 238 - Special Topics: Inside the Texas Legislature

Policies, Processes and Outcomes

  • ANTH 332/532 & ENST 332/532 - The Social Life of Clean Energy
  • ARCH 455 - Housing and Urban Programs: Issues in Policy
  • ECON 320 - Evaluation of Social Programs
  • ECON 415 - Labor Economics
  • ECON 418 - Economic Forecasting
  • ECON 432 - Political Economy
  • ECON 437 - Energy Economics
  • ECON 450 - Economic Development
  • ECON 462 - Economics of Human Capital
  • ECON 470 - Market Design
  • ECON 479 - Economic Modeling and Public Policy
  • ECON 480 - Environmental Economics
  • ECON 481 - Health Economics
  • ECON 483 - Public Finance
  • ECON 484 - Public Economics
  • ENST 445 - Seminar in Urban Sustainability and Livability Research Methods and Applications
  • ENST 446 - Lab in Engaged Urban Sustainability and Livability Research
  • HEAL 222 - Principles of Public & Community Health
  • HEAL 380/580 - Disparities in Health in America
  • HEAL 460 - Plan/Eval: Health Programs
  • NSCI 580 - Shaping of Health Policy
  • POLI 260 - Advocating for Change
  • POLI 315 - Elections and Voting Behavior
  • POLI 322 - Politics of Influence in the United States
  • POLI 329 - Health Policy
  • POLI 337 - Public Policy
  • POLI 348 - Urban Politics Lab
  • POLI 356 - Representation & Policy Making
  • POLI 362 - Comparative Urban Politics and Policy
  • POLI 435 - Seminar on Money and Politics
  • POLI 437 - Education Policy
  • POLI 438 - Race And Public Policy
  • POLI 440 - Research Seminar on Public Policy
  • POLI 441 - Governing the Environmental Commons
  • POLI 445 - Seminar in Judicial Process and Behavior
  • POLI 466 - Political Parties and Voting Behavior in Western Democracies
  • PSYC 345 - Health Psychology
  • PSYC 346 - Stress and Health Across the Lifespan
  • PSYC 435 - Pollution & Psychological Development
  • PSYC 445 - Advanced Seminar in Health Psychology
  • SMGT 361 - Sport Finance and Community Engagement
  • SOCI 321 - Criminology
  • SOCI 327 - Supervised Research I
  • SOCI 328 - Supervised Research II
  • SOCI 340 - Sociology of Immigration
  • SOCI 344 - Sociology of Mental Health
  • SOCI 345 - Medical Sociology
  • SOCI 350 - Urban Transportation
  • SOCI 366 - Housing and Schools: The Social Locations of Inequality
  • SOCI 367 - Environmental Sociology
  • SOCI 368 - Sociology of Disaster
  • SOCI 406 - Basic Demographic Techniques
  • SOCI 422 - Social Autopsies: How Society Kills Us
  • SOCI 425 - Population Health Seminar
  • SOCI 451 - Immigration in a Global World
  • SOCI 465 - Gender & Health
  • SOPA 340 - Introduction to Pandemic Response
  • SOSC/BUSI/GHLT 464 - Social Entrepreneurship