Welcome to Policy Analysis and Management!

I look forward to meeting you during orientation in the fall.  - Tom Evans

In the meantime, you have classes in which to enroll. The following are some thoughts and guidelines for you. Please be reassured that none of the enrollment choices you make are final. After we meet during orientation you will have every opportunity to change your schedule. Furthermore, you can make changes during the first three weeks of classes.

My strong enrollment suggestions are:

    PAM 2300 - Introduction to Policy Analysis

    ECON 1110 - Introductory Microeconomics

    First Year Writing Seminar

    PSYCH 1101 - Introduction to Psychology (or HD 1150)

One additional class to be discussed below. 

PAM 2300 – Introduction to Policy Analysis is a required class for all PAM students. It is taught by  Professor Rosemary Avery in the fall semester only. All other PAM students will be taking this class, so it is a really good way to meet the rest of your major. 

ECON 1110 – Introductory Microeconomics is a required class for all PAM majors. Furthermore, PAM courses in general rely quite heavily on microeconomics. In addition to ECON 1110, PAM majors are required to take intermediate microeconomics and economics of the public sector, both of which have ECON 1110 as a prerequisite. Therefore, in order to move through the program, it is necessary to begin the economics sequence as early as possible. Professor Sanders, a PAM faculty member, teaches the ECON 1110 course that meets on MW. If possible, you should try and enroll in his section of the course.

All Cornell students are required to take a First Year Writing Seminar during their first two semesters at Cornell. If you don’t take the seminar you will receive a warning letter and you will be put on probation. 

PSYCH 1101 – Introduction to Psychology is a required course for all PAM majors. The course offering in the fall is an extremely popular course. There is no requirement, or particularly compelling reason, to take this course during your first semester at Cornell. However, it is a required course for the vast majority of social science based majors at Cornell.  You are permitted to use HD 1150 in place in PSYCH 1101 if it is a better fit with your schedule or interests. 

Students typically enroll in 15 credits per semester. 15 credits per semester will result in 120 credits in 8 semesters, leading to graduation. In order to maintain full-time status student must enroll in at least 12 credits. No freshman is permitted to enroll in more than 18 credits. With this in mind, it makes some sense to enroll in one additional course during the fall semester. Here are some possibilities:

Take a Cornell MATH course. PAM majors are required to take one Cornell MATH course, and taking the course early will help with some of the more math intensive courses that occur later in the curriculum.

Take a natural science course. PAM majors are required to take two natural science courses. One of these courses must come from either biology, chemistry, or physics. BIOG 1140 is a popular course for PAM majors. If you are interested in pre-med, then beginning your natural science requirements early is particularly important.

Take PAM 2250 Social Problems in the U.S., DSOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology, or SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology. PAM majors must take one of these three  courses eventually.

Take GOVT 1111 Introduction to American Government and Politics. PAM majors are required to take GOVT 1111 eventually. 

Take an elective course in either the College of Human Ecology or from the rest of the University. As a PAM major you are required to take 9 credits of non-PAM courses in Human Ecology, so you can start now. Also, PAM majors are permitted to take approximately 40 elective credits from throughout the university; you may want to begin exploring other areas of interest.

Take a Physical Education class. You are required to take 2 credits of PE to graduate. However, PE credits do NOT count towards the 120 credits required for graduation, and do NOT count towards the credits for full-time status. 

AP Credit: It is possible for you to waive certain PAM and Cornell requirements if you have taken appropriate AP courses. During orientation you will meet with the associate registrar and she will be able to tell you which courses will count, and which ones won’t. 

Advising: During orientation you will meet with various Cornell personnel, including myself, who will answer all of your questions. Shortly after classes begin you will be assigned a department faculty advisor, and a college advisor. Going forward, these advisors will help you plan your curriculum and future endeavors. 

Transfer Students: It is difficult to give concise advice for transfer students since there is so much heterogeneity. We will definitely meet before classes begin to review which requirements you have completed. As a general guideline, you should enroll in the PAM core requirements, and the required courses that you haven’t yet completed.

Future Semesters: With the amount of flexibility in the PAM curriculum, it is unfeasible to provide complete guidelines for your future schedule. However, the PAM core classes have been scheduled with the following sequence in mind:

Spring Freshman Year: PAM 2000 – Intermediate Microeconomics; PAM 2030 – Population and Public Policy; First year writing seminar.

Fall Sophomore Year: PAM 2101 – Introduction to Statistics; PAM 2040 – Economics of the Public Sector.

Spring Sophomore Year: PAM 3100 – Multiple Regression Analysis; PAM 3300 – Intermediate Policy Analysis. 

I am sure that there remain many questions. For those questions that are not urgent, I look forward to answering them during orientation in August. For urgent questions related to the PAM curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact me directly through e-mail (tevans@cornell.edu).   

For immediate assistance please contact Jennifer Davis, PAM Undergraduate Program Coordinator, at 607-255-1199 or at jrd292@cornell.edu.

More information about enrollment procedures, college policies, and the orientation schedule is available via the College of Human Ecology New Student Page



Tom Evans

PAM Director of Undergraduate Studies