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.

2021-2022 Schedule

Autumn Quarter 

Required Courses

BPOLST 510 Statistics Fundamentals for Policy Studies (5 credits)​
Shauna Carlisle (SLN#12076) Via remote instruction
**Early Fall Course: meeting dates and times as follows:

  • Thurs, Sept 9, 5:00 - 10:00 pm, online via Zoom
  • Fri, Sept 10, 5:00 - 10:00 pm, online via Zoom
  • Sat, Sept 11, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm, online via Zoom
  • Thurs, Sept 16, 5:00 - 10:00 pm, online via Zoom

BPOLST 511 Policy Process and Analysis (5 credits)​ T 5:45 - 10 pm
Camille Walsh (SLN#12077) UW1-261 (UW Bothell campus)

BPOLST 509 Pro-seminar (1 credit) M 5:45 - 7:45 pm**
Keith Nitta (SLN#12075) Hybrid: 80% online
**Meets alternate Mondays, as follows: 

  • Mon, Oct 4: UW1-031 (UW Bothell campus) 
  • Mon, Oct 18: via Zoom
  • Mon, Nov 1: via Zoom
  • Mon, Nov 15: via Zoom
  • Mon, Nov 29: via Zoom


BPOLST 593 Topics in Policy Studies: Urban Planning and Geography (5 credits) W 5:45-10 pm
Jin-Kyu Jung (SLN#22900) UW1-120 (UW Bothell campus) 

The ‘urban’ is always dynamic and contested, as people struggle to understand what is so distinctive and fundamentally urban about the important social, cultural, political, economic transformations of our time and place. However, there is no doubt that the urban is at the heart of many fields of inquiry. The class will offer an opportunity to build upon for anyone who is interested in studying cities and will provide them with knowledge that they can use as active citizens in their communities. We will particularly take the social-spatial dialectic approach—that is, the idea that society and space mutually condition/constitute each other—as a lens through which to view the inner workings of urban areas:  how and where people work, play, raise families, engage in economic and political exchange, grow communities, and ‘shape’ cities. Students will explore ‘urban things’ from an interdisciplinary perspective. View syllabus

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#21666) UW1-120

BPOLST 513 Practicum in Policy Studies (5 credits)​ T 5:45-10:00 pm
Jin-Kyu Jung (SLN#21668 ) UW2-131

BPOLST 509 Proseminar  (1 credit) M 5:45-7:45 pm
Keith Nitta (SLN#21667)
Meets alternate Mondays: Hybrid, synchronous: 80% online

  • In-person: Jan 11 (UW2-040)
  • On-line: Jan 25, Feb 8, Feb 22 and March 8. 

Spring Quarter 

Required Courses

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

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

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

Summer Quarter 

Required Courses

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

BPOLST 509 Proseminar  (2 credit) M 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Keith Nitta (SLN#) 
Meets alternate Mondays: 

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 & Analysis; 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.