The Joint Degree Program (JDP) in Social Policy is a collaborative effort of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Departments of Politics, Psychology, Population Studies, Sociology and Economics.
The JDP follows a "discipline-plus" structure. The "discipline" means that all students complete a Ph.D. in a basic social science; the "plus" means that they will deeply engage with multidisciplinary perspectives on the problems of economic insecurity and inequality in advanced post-industrial societies and the developing world.
The program is designed to appeal to students who want to pursue academic careers in a traditional discipline but who see themselves as committed to the study of social issues of public importance. The program in social policy addresses some of the most pressing problems we face in the U.S. and other parts of the world where inequality generates conflict, poverty and prejudice; diminishes political participation; and reduces opportunities for social mobility. We seek to bring the most rigorous tools of social science to bear on these important social questions.
JDP students earn doctoral degrees in politics and social policy, psychology and social policy, population studies and social policy, and sociology and social policy. These titles reflect a fundamental characteristic of the program: students are simultaneously full members of their disciplinary departments and participants in an inter-disciplinary community. For graduate students in economics, we also offer a special non-degree fellowship to be completed in the third or fourth year of graduate school.