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POLS 460 - Public Policy Process

  • 3 credits

Public policy is broadly defined as an “intentional course of action followed by a government institution or official for resolving an issue of public concern” (Cochran et al. 2009). The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the public policy process in the United States, including how problems make it to the government’s agenda, the actors and institutions involved in policymaking, and the ways in which policies are formulated, implemented, and evaluated. This course highlights major policy issues in the United States with an eye towards identifying causes of these issues and examining possible policy solutions. In addition, we will explore foundational strategies of policy analysis and learn how to critically evaluate the merits of various policy alternatives.

This course can be applied toward:


POLS 101 (American Government and Politics); junior standing.

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, 7th Ed.
    Kraft, Michael E. and Furlong, Scott R.
    ISBN: 978-1544374611

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


Morgann Means

Morgann received her B.A. in political science from Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College) and completed her M.A. in political science at Colorado State University. As a doctoral candidate, Morgann’s research primarily focuses on sustainable cities in the U.S. with an emphasis on explaining why there is variance in how sustainability is defined and practiced. Her research explores the role of citizen participation in sustainable communities, as well as the impact of natural disaster vulnerability on sustainability policy at the municipal level.