Public Policy, Society & Identity

Public Policy, Society & Identity

Identify how people come together for positive social change. In the Public Policy, Society, and Identity flight path, you’ll learn how societies evolve and function within the context of a changing world. Study systems of identity and power – from grassroots politics to the halls of Congress and beyond. Understand the many different paths to leadership and champion methods for taking an active role in shaping the communities in which we live.

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Pre-Law Advising is located within the PPSI Flight Path.

Gretchen Hill-Marino
Gretchen Hill, Academic and Career Advisor


Gretchen Hill is an advisor in the Public Policy, Society, and Identity Flight Path within Tykeson College and Career Advising. She earned an M.A. in Geography from the University of Oregon and a B.S. in Geography with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. While an undergraduate and graduate student she researched Basque peoples and their construction of place in the American West. Presently, she is studying at Prescott College obtaining her M.S. in Counseling. Outside of academics, she is a mother of two adult daughters, enjoys hiking, camping, road and mountain biking, traveling, and simply being one with nature. 

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Sam Smith, Academic and Career Advisor


Sam is an advisor in the Public Policy, Society, and Identity Flight Path. He has a BA in English and Economics from the University of Georgia, and an MA and PhD in English and American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. If you have a minute, he would love to talk to you about his dissertation, Modernist Amateur Economists, which he defended in 2021. Sam has a background in career advising, a perspective that helps inform his academic advising at every stage. Outside of the office, Sam loves playing hobby board games, reading contemporary science fiction, playing and watching basketball, and enjoying the outdoors.

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Public Policy, Society & Identity Majors

College of Arts and Sciences

  • General Social Sciences
  • Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

College of Design

  • Planning, Public Policy, and Management
  • Pre-Planning, Public Policy, and Management

College of Education

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