The public policy undergraduate major curriculum combines an interdisciplinary set of core courses with context and concentration courses capped by a senior seminar. Students majoring in public policy automatically fulfill the foundation requirements for the 4+1 BA/MPP. For a complete explanation of the degree requirements, visit the Requirements page.
A unique feature of the public policy degree is the interdisciplinary nature of its study. The core course requirements provide the undergraduate major and minor the necessary foundations in government, economics, ethics, law and public policy analysis.
Majors also take context courses selected from government, history, sociology, social science and anthropology. Context courses ensure the development of the following perspectives on social issues and problems:
Linking policy substance to analytics, students also take courses in a concentration area such as: environmental policy; urban policy; health policy; international policy; institutions and public policy; ethnicity, race and public policy; science, technology and public policy; education and public policy; journalism and public policy. With approval and support of program advisers, undergraduates are able to tailor concentrations to their own interests and skills.
Majors and minors conclude their program with a senior seminar, which entails an internship of the student's choice, and a senior thesis project in the student's area of concentration.
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