Politics, Economics, Policy & Law
Explore the complex dynamics between society, political and legal institutions, and economic markets in a vibrant cross-disciplinary setting. Become an advocate for change—in politics, economics, policy, or law.
About the Program
Politics, economics, policy, and law (PEPL), a multidisciplinary major, gives you a foundation in the social sciences that you can use in diverse careers—wherever you want to make your impact. PEPL majors choose from one of four concentrations, each of which offers a distinct focus with different course requirements.
- Politics—Learn to lead by studying political science. Analyze institutions and power in the United States and other countries. With a concentration in politics, you’ll be ready for graduate study in political science, sociology, law, and related disciplines and for careers in a wide range of fields, including education, law, market research, media, and public office.
- Economic Analysis—Gain flexible analytical tools for studying economic phenomena and their relationship to social, political, legal, and policy issues. This concentration can prepare you to earn a bachelor’s-to-master’s accelerated MBA or an accelerated MA in applied economics at Mills with just one additional year of study beyond your BA. It equips you to work in international economics, finance, government regulation, corporate planning, and related fields.
- Public Policy—Use the methods of economics, political science, and other social sciences to assess public problems and design innovative solutions. This concentration can prepare you to earn a bachelor’s-to-master’s accelerated degree in public policy at Mills in just one year of study beyond your BA. It leads to careers in city and regional planning, economic development, public health, nonprofit and public sector management, and policy analysis.
- Legal Institutions and Processes—Examine the role of law in contemporary society and the reasoning behind legal decisions. This concentration offers excellent preparation for law school and a career in law or a law-related field.
No matter what concentration you choose, you’ll benefit from small classes, a stimulating learning environment, and professors who care about your success. You’ll wrestle with the abstract and theoretical as well as practical problems and solutions. And you’ll be encouraged to enrich classroom discussions with your own critical perspectives.
PEPL majors pursue internships in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduate equipped with quantitative, research, data analysis, and critical thinking skills. View our program details for further information on the major.
Courses You Could Take
Law & Society
Methods of Social Research
American Constitutional Law: Fundamental Freedoms
Organizing & Advocacy
Economics of Poverty, Inequality & Discrimination