The academic discipline of public policy offers an integrative framework for using the tools and insights of economics and political science, as well as other social science disciplines, in the analysis of public problems and the design of policy solutions. Public policy at Mills College is available to undergraduate students through public policy concentration in the politics, economics, policy and law (PEPL) major, through the public policy minor, and through the BA/MPP Accelerated Master’s Degree program. Public policy at Mills prepares students for engaged citizenship, further study, and/or careers in such fields as law, city and regional planning, economic development, public health, nonprofit and public sector management, and policy analysis.
The public policy minor is intended to introduce students to the fundamental skills of policy and economic analysis and the policy-making process.The public policy minor enables students to sample electives that reflect their policy areas of passion, so that, upon graduation, students have the skills to enter careers across the policy spectrum, or to pursue advanced education in the world of public policy.
The Public Policy Program also aims to involve many more women in the public domain as decision makers, policy analysts, and advocates. In addition, the Public Policy Program at Mills often serves as a campus portal for involvement in the wider Oakland community and a site for policy-related lectures and events.
Mills College’s innovative Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Accelerated Degree Programs allow you to earn a master’s degree in one additional year of study. Combining a master’s degree with a liberal arts undergraduate education prepares you for career success and increased options upon graduation. Mills students in this major should consider one of these options:
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