Undergraduate Pathway in Public Policy

Do you want to study for a degree in the United States but need to improve English language skills or test scores? A Pathway program provides academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed at a US university. Students are guaranteed progression to an undergraduate degree program. We provide full integration with domestic and international students on campus from highly trained university instructors and tutors while giving you academic support throughout your program.

This Pathway also serves students interested in the OSU 3-plus-3 law degree program.

Curriculum

3-term Pathway

TERM 1 COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
ALS 150 Academic Reading and Writing 3
ALS 151 Academic Listening and Speaking 3
MTH Math Course - Variable Level* 4
HHS 231 Lifetime Fitness for Health 2
ALS 181 Lifetime Fitness for Health Bridge 2
PAC Physical Activity Class 1
  Total 15
TERM 2 COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS          
ALS 162 Academic Reading and Writing 3
COMM 111 Public Speaking 3
SOC 204 Introduction to Sociology 3
ALS 181 Introduction to Sociology Bridge                     2
ECON 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 4
  Total 15
TERM 3 COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS               
WR 121 English Composition 3
ALS 181 English Composition Bridge 2
PS 201 United States Government and Politics 4
ALS 181 United States Government and Politics Bridge 2
ECON 202      Introduction to Macroeconomics 4
  Total 15

*Specific course is determined by results of Math placement test and requirements for the major field of study.

Degree Program Components

  • 180 credit hour program
  • 45 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 135 credit hours remaining towards degree

4-term Pathway

The 4-term Undergraduate Pathway program combines intensive English language study, academic skills development and academic course work. The program is designed to guide students through the first year of an undergraduate degree program.

TERM 1 Study Plan COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
ALS 150 Academic Reading and Writing 3
ALS 151 Academic Listening and Speaking 3
MTH Math Course - Variable Level* 4
ALS 181 Bridge for ALS 140 2
ALS 181 Bridge for ALS 141
2
HHS 231 Academic Success 2
Total 16

*Specific course is determined by results of Math placement test and requirements for the major field of study. 

16 credit hours apply from Pathway


Career Paths

As a graduate of an undergraduate degree program at OSU, you might find work as a:

  • Public policy analyst
  • Economist
  • Researcher
  • Author
  • Public official
  • Nonprofit/Non-government organization staffers

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Undergraduate Pathway in Public Policy

Undergraduate Entry Paths and Requirements

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Direct Admission* 3-Term Pathway Program 4-Term Pathway Program
Academic Requirements:
    High school diploma with a 3.0 GPA (SAT not required)
    High school diploma of a 2.5 GPA
    High school diploma of a 2.5 GPA
English Language Requirements:
    TOEFL iBT 80 (minimum 16 subscores) or IELTS 6.5 or completion of Academic English Level 6 or SATV (verbal/critical thinking): 500+ or ACTE (ACT English): 21+
    TOEFL iBT 60 or IELTS 5.5 or PTEA 44 or Password overall Level 6 or completion of Academic English Level 4 with C (or Pass) or higher grades in all classes
    TOEFL iBT 50 or IELTS 5.0 or PTEA 41 or completion of Academic English Level 3 with C (or Pass) or higher grades in all classes
Age Requirement:
    16 years and above
    16 years and above

*If you meet all of these criteria, you may apply directly to OSU. If you do not meet these criteria, we encourage you to apply to our Pathway and English language programs.

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Undergraduate Pathway in Public Policy

2017-18 Dates and Prices 

Program Program Start Dates Tuition
3-Term Pathway: January 2, 2018
March 27, 2018
June 19, 2018
$29,988
4-Term Pathway: January 2, 2018
June 19, 2018
$36,630

 

2018-19 Dates and Prices 

Program Program Start Dates Tuition
3-Term Pathway: September 13, 2018
January 2, 2019
March 26, 2019
June 18, 2019
$30,900
4-Term Pathway: September 13, 2018
January 2, 2019
March 26, 2019
June 18, 2019
$37,380

 

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Undergraduate Pathway in Public Policy

What are the progression requirements?

After successfully completing the 3-term Standard Pathway program, you are guaranteed to enter a second year of study. This transition to university from an INTO program is called progression. You must meet the following Oregon State University Pathway Progression criteria in order to progress:

  • 2.25 cumulative GPA in the Pathway program
  • No Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) graded courses in OSU academic course work
  • Grade of C- or better in English Composition (WR 121), Math (MTH 111, MTH 105 or higher) and Communication (COMM 111)
  • Minimum of 36 credits earned during Pathway program

What are my degree options after completing the INTO OSU Pathway?

The INTO OSU Undergraduate Pathway in Public Policy leads to the second year of the following majors at Oregon State University:

How will an INTO OSU Pathway and an OSU degree program prepare me for success after my studies?

After successfully completing the Pathway program, students are guaranteed to enter a second year of study.

Economics training provides excellent preparation for graduate work in economics, public policy, law and business. OSU Economics graduates also use their degrees to work professionally in the public (federal, state and local government) and private (banking, consulting, retail, and corporate) sectors.

All Political Science majors and minors are required to participate in an internship. An educated and marketable Political Science graduate needs to have applied and enriched his or her classroom studies in a practical work environment. An internship is a way to gain credit for government or law-related work experience. It's also a great way to explore and understand the workday realities of the legislative, judicial, and administrative processes. Political Science interns work with state, federal, and local officials, and with national and international organizations.

Sociology students will have opportunities to participate in internships through the OSU Sociology Internship Program as well as engage in undergraduate research opportunities. Sociology undergraduates can explore real-life social issues, conduct sociological inquiries and construct explanations for social phenomena through projects and investigative research.

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