Analyze complex public problems—such as environmental protection, poverty, and access to healthcare—using tools from the social sciences. Learn to design innovative solutions that make a lasting impact on society.
About the Public Policy Program
Studying public policy at Mills gives you the knowledge and skills to be an engaged citizen, pursue graduate-level education, or begin a career in such fields as urban planning, public health, nonprofit and public sector management, law, politics, and policy analysis. Your professors will be accomplished policy makers and researchers who are also dedicated teachers. They’ll help you chart an individualized academic path toward your professional goals, beginning with your choice of a minor or major.
The public policy minor provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the tools of policy making and analysis. You’ll supplement required courses in economics, government, and public policy with electives on issues you are passionate about. This minor can prepare you to earn a master of public policy (MPP) in just one year of study beyond your BA as part of our bachelor’s-to-master’s accelerated degree program. Just choose your electives in consultation with a public policy advisor. View our program details for in-depth information on the minor.
If you’re interested in majoring in this field, see our politics, economics, policy, and law (PEPL) major with a concentration in public policy. This option is similar to an undergraduate major in public policy.
Courses You Could Take
Women’s Leadership in Politics: Theory & Practice
Organizing & Advocacy
Methods of Policy Analysis
Law & Society