The Senior Program

Public policy majors have three options for the senior project. They may take a one-semester seminar in the Government Department; they may research and write a thesis on a public policy topic, using traditional sources; or they may write a "public contract" thesis, in which they evaluate a policy or issue chosen by a state or local government in the Hamilton area.


In recent years, students' public contract projects have helped shape policy for New York State's Division of Youth, Department of Education, Office for the Aging, Division of Management and Budget, and Department of Transportation. More locally, students have worked with Oneida County's Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health and EDGE program, as well as the towns of New Hartford and Paris and the village of Clinton's Chamber of Commerce. 

Recent projects in public policy include:

  • The New Era of the Sporting Mega Events: What is the New Mold for a Mega-Event Host?
  • Defining Kinship Navigator Program Quality: How States Can Best Meet the Needs of Informal Caregivers and How Societal Values Affect These Efforts
  • The Chicken Tax: A Natural Experiment in Protectionist Policy in the Automobile Industry
  • Diversity and College Admissions: Understanding the Influences on Diversity in American Higher Education
  • CommonLanguage: Integrating Machine Language Translation into General Education Courses for Students with Limited English Proficiency
  • The City of New Hartford?  Exploring the Procedure and Feasibility for the Town of New Hartford to Become a City
  • Choice Schools and Survival of the Fittest: Do Charter Schools Get Better Over Time?
  • Paying to Play: The Determinants of Government Funding for Sports Stadiums
  • Pretzel Logic: The Curious Psychological Principles Behind Extended Warranties
  • Building the Glass Ceiling: The Surprising Effect of Education and Work Hours on Pay Equity for Women
  • High-Deductible Health Plans and Health Savings Accounts: The Future of Health Care in America
  • Segregated Schooling and Adult Criminal Activity: The Case of Minority Americans

Contact Information

Public Policy Program

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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