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Public Policy
Degree Requirements
Public Policy Major  |  Public Policy Minor
BA/MPP

Public Policy Major
(13 semester course credits)

Required:
(recommended in the following order):

PPOL 015 Introduction to Public Policy (1)

ECON 050 Introduction to Economics (1) 

GOVT 121 The Public Policy-Making Process (1)

ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (1)

PPOL 100 Methods of Policy Analysis (1)

PPOL 191 Senior Seminar (1)

Applied Policy Analysis
(select one from the following):

GOVT 118 Science, Technology, and Public Policy (1)

PPOL 114 Social Policy Analysis (1)

PPOL 125 Gender and Public Policy (1)

PPOL 150 Environmental Policy Analysis (1)

Dimensions of Policy Studies
(4 course credits—one from each dimension)

Law and Ethics (select one):

GOVT 139 Ethical Reasoning in Public Policy (1)

PHIL 062 Ethics (1)

PPOL 141 Law and Public Policy (1)

SOSC 120 Women and the Law (1)

WGSS 094 Feminist Social Ethics (1)

Economics (select one):

ECON 100 Microeconomic Theory (1)

ECON 101 Macroeconomic Theory (1)

ECON 121 Labor Economics (1)

ECON 134 Public Sector Economics: The Economics of Government (1)

ECON 139 Urban Economics (1)

ECON 140 Health Economics (1)

ECON 141 Economics of Education (1)

ECON 153 Environmental Economics (1)

ECON 160 Economics of Oil (1)

Organizations and Institutions (select one):

ECON 142 Industrial Organizations and Public Policy (1)

GOVT 085 American Government (1)

GOVT 101 Organizational Theory (1)

GOVT 102 Administrative Behavior (1)

GOVT 115 The American Presidency (1)

GOVT 116 Court Systems of the San Francisco Metropolitan Area (1)

HIST 142 History of the Supreme Court from 1865 (1)

SOC 113 Sociology of Capitalism (1)

ETHS 157 Race, Gender, and the Criminal Justice System (1)

International and Comparative Studies (select one):

ANTH 161 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women (1)

ECON 155 International Trade (1)

ECON 159 Economic Development (1)

ETHS 112 Race, Gender, and the Environment (1)

ETHS 158 Latino Immigration (1)

GOVT 016 Comparative Politics (1)

GOVT 017 International Relations (1)

GOVT 127 Comparative Foreign Policy (1)

GOVT 141 Politics of Developing Nations (1)

SOC 132 Comparative Race/Ethnic Relations (1)

Policy Issues and Methods Electives
(2 course credits—selected with the approval of the major advisor, to provide greater depth in a policy issue or methodological area. Students are not required to make both selections from the same subgroup—the subheadings are provided simply to clarify the rationale behind the elective options.)

Social Policy (encompassing many subfields, such as poverty and inequality; health; education; labor; criminal justice; race, gender, and ethnicity)

ECON 117 Women and the Economy (1)

ECON 130 Economics of Poverty/Inequality (1)

ECON 139 Urban Economics (1)

ECON 140 Health Economics (1)

ECON 141 Economics of Education (1)

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (1)

EDUC 103 Policy: Children, Youth, and Family Issues (1)

ETHS 157 Race, Gender, and the Criminal Justice System (1)

ETHS 159 History of Latinas/os in the US (1)

ETHS 166 Women of Color in Social Movements (1)

HIST 116 History of the American City (1)

HIST 118 The Civil Rights Movement in the United States, 1941 to the Present (1)

HIST 135 Worker in American Life: 1877 to the Present (1)

HIST 160 History of Women in America (1)

PPOL 114 Social Policy Analysis (1)

PPOL 125 Gender and Public Policy (1)

SOC 103 Women and Work (1)

SOC 104 Sociology of the Chicana/o and Mexican American (1)

SOC 108 Urban Sociology (1)

SOC 110 Poverty and Public Policy (1)

SOC 129 Race and Ethnic Relations in the US (1)

SOC 134 Social Inequality (1)

SOC 145 Sociology of Education (1)

SOSC 120 Women and the Law (1)

Environmental, Science, and Technology Policy:

BIO 033 Genetics: Human Aspects (1)

ECON 153 Environmental Economics (1)

ECON 160 Economics of Oil (1)

ENVS 022 Introduction to Environmental Science (1)

GOVT 018 Science, Technology, and Public Policy (1)

PPOL 150 Environmental Policy Analysis (1)

International Policy and Politics:

ANTH 161 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women (1)

ECON 155 International Trade (1)

ECON 158 International Finance (1)

ECON 159 Economic Development (1)

ECON 161 Migration and the Economy (1)

ETHS 112 Race, Gender, and the Environment (1)

ETHS 158 Latino Immigration (1)

GOVT 016 Comparative Politics (1)

GOVT 017 International Relations (1)

GOVT 090 American Foreign Policy (1)

GOVT 123 International Political Economy (1)

GOVT 127 Comparative Foreign Policy (1)

GOVT 130 Regime Change (1)

GOVT 132 Theories of International Relations (1)

GOVT 137 Comparative Politics of Middle East (1)

GOVT 138 International Relations of Middle East (1)

GOVT 141 Politics of Developing Nations (1)

GOVT 148 Model United Nations (.5)

GOVT 149 Diplomacy (1)

HIST 140 Diplomatic History of US (1)

SOC 132 Comparative Race/Ethnic Relations (1)

SOC 149 Sociology of US Immigration (1)

Policy Analysis Methods and Public Communications:

ECON 073 Introduction to Financial Accounting (1)

ECON 128 Government and Nonprofit Accounting (1)

ECON 136 Managerial Economics (1)

ECON 164 Econometrics and Business Forecasting (1)

ENG 072/172 Journalism Principles and Practices I (1)

ENG 073/173 Journalism Principles and Practices II (1)

GOVT 139 Ethical Reasoning in Politics and Public Policy (1)

PPOL 111 Introduction to Public Radio Reporting (1)

PPOL 112 Intermediate Public Radio Reporting (1)

PPOL 116 Qualitative Methods in Policy Research (1)

PPOL 118 Women's Leadership in Politics (1)

PPOL 141 Law and Public Policy (1)

SOC 091 Methods of Social Research (1.25)

SOC 125 Simulation in Social and Policy Sciences (1)

SOC 128 Geographic Information Systems and Sociological Geography (1)

SOSC 093 Law and Society (1)

SOSC 138 Mass Communication Law (1)

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Public Policy Minor
(6 semester course credits)

Required:

Core Courses
(recommended in the following order):

PPOL 015 Introduction to Public Policy (1)

ECON 050 Introduction to Economics (1)

ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (1)

PPOL 100 Methods of Policy Analysis (1)

Public Policy Electives
(2 course credits selected from the following list. Students are encouraged to select courses on diverse topics—for example, not to select two courses with very similar content—and should consult with advisors on this selection.)

ECON 134 Public Sector Economics: The Economics of Government (1)

GOV 118 Science, Technology, and Public Policy (1)

GOVT 121 The Public Policy-Making Process (1)

GOVT 139 Ethical Reasoning in Politics and Public Policy (1)

PHIL 062 Ethics (1)

PPOL 114 Social Policy Analysis (1)

PPOL 116 Qualitative Methods in Policy Research (1)

PPOL 125 Gender and Public Policy (1)

PPOL 141 Law and Public Policy (1)

PPOL 150 Environmental Policy Analysis (1)

WGSS 094 Feminist Social Ethics (1)

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BA/MPP Program
(8 course credits)

The Mills College BA/MPP Program allows majors in public policy and other fields to earn both a BA and an MPP in a total of five years. All requirements for the BA degree are completed during the first four years, and during this time, students take a set of foundation courses that prepare them for the one-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program.

Public Policy majors, as well as majors in other fields, are eligible to apply for  the BA/MPP Program. Current Mills undergraduate students interested in pursuing the BA/MPP should consult with the program director two years prior to their bachelor's degree graduation date in order to learn about application requirements and establish a course plan.

Students planning to pursue the one-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) should plan to take the following foundation courses (recommended in the order shown):

PPOL 015 Introduction to Public Policy (1)

ECON 50 Introduction to Economics (1)

ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (1)

ECON 134 Public Sector Economics: The Economics of Government (1)

PPOL 141 Law and Public Policy (1)

PPOL 100 Methods of Policy Analysis (1)

Ethics
(1 course credit selected from the following):

GOVT 139 Ethical Reasoning in Public Policy (1)

PHIL 062 Ethics (1)

WGSS 094 Feminist Social Ethics (1)

Dimensions of Diversity in Public Policy
(1 course credit selected from the following or in consultation with an advisor for other courses that address dimensions of inequality):

ECON 117 Women and the Economy (1)

ECON 130 Economics of Poverty/Inequality (1)

ETHS 112 Race, Gender, and the Environment (1)

ETHS 157 Race, Gender, and Justice System (1)

ETHS 166 Women of Color in Social Movements (1)

PPOL 114 Social Policy (1)

PPOL 118 Women's Leadership in Politics (1)

PPOL 125 Gender and Public Policy (1)

SOC 103 Women and Work (1)

SOC 110 Poverty and Public Policy (1)

SOC 129 Race and Ethnic Relations in the US (1)

SOC 132 Comparative Race/Ethnic Relations (1)

SOC 134 Social Inequality (1)

For more information, see the description of the MPP Program in the Graduate Catalog.

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Last Updated: 5/23/14