The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs (known to many students as "Woody Woo") is
one of the University's three professional schools. The program
is designed for those interested in careers in public service.
The curriculum is a synthesis of the
departments of politics, economics, history, and sociology, and
is open to a limited number of undergraduate students.
Each year, approximately 180 sophomores apply to major in the
the Wilson School and 90 are accepted. In addition, the Wilson
School offers a certificate program geared toward students concentrating
in the sciences or engineering.
The most distinctive aspect of the undergraduate experience
in the Woodrow Wilson School is the policy task forces. In these
exercises, a limited number of students (about eight) work together
more senior "commissioners" toward proposing solutions
to current problems in public and international affairs. Each
junior conducts a piece of research on a topic carefully chosen
to shed light upon the larger problem that is central to the
group. Woodrow Wilson School students are thus encouraged to use
any intellectual discipline or skill that may help solve a problem.
In addition to its undergraduate program, the Woodrow Wilson
School offers three graduate programs: Master's in Public Affairs
(MPA), Master's in Public Policy (MPP), and Doctor of Philosophy
in Public Affairs (Ph.D.).
(Adapted from the Woodrow
Wilson School Web site.)