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Degree Requirements

NOTE: The degree requirements listed below are applicable to all students entering during academic year 2016-2017. Students who entered during a previous academic year should view the degree requirements in their entering year catalog in the catalog archives. Students who wish to switch to the 2016-17 major and minor requirements should submit a new Declaration of Major or Declaration of Minor form to the M Center.

Public Policy Concentration in the PEPL Major  
Public Policy Minor
BA/MPP

Public Policy Concentration in the Politics, Economics, Policy and Law (PEPL) Major

Beginning in the fall of 2016, the Public Policy Program at Mills College will offer three options for undergraduate students, including: 1) a concentration in the politics, economics, policy and law (PEPL) major, 2) a public policy minor, and 3) the BA/MPP Accelerated Master’s Degree Program. For information about the PEPL major and the public policy concentration, please refer to the PEPL major. Students who entered Mills prior to September 2016 may choose to continue their major under the former major requirements or under the new concentration in PEPL.

Public Policy Minor
(a minimum of 16 semester course credits)

Note: This Minor is open to any student in any major. If you believe there may be an overlap with your major, please contact a public policy advisor who can assist in identifying an acceptable course substitution.

Required:
Core Introductory Courses (2 courses, 7 semester course credits):

ECON 050 Introduction to Economics (4)

PPOL 015 Introduction to Public Policy (3) or
GOVT 121 The Public Policy-Making Process (3)

Core Law and Ethics
(1 courses, a minimum of 3 semester course credits):

GOVT 139 Ethical Reasoning in Politics and Public Policy (4)

PHIL 062 Ethics (3)

PHIL 125 Philosophy of Law (3)

PPOL 141 Law and Public Policy (4) or
SOSC 093 Law and Society (3)

Public Policy Electives
(2 courses, a minimum of 6 semester course credits):

ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (4) or
MATH 102 Probability and Statistics (4)

ECON 130 Economics of Poverty, Inequality, and Discrimination (4)

ECON 139 Urban Economics (4)

ECON 141 Economics of Education (4)

GOVT 139 Ethical Reasoning in Politics and Public Policy (4)

PHIL 062 Ethics (3) or
PHIL 125 Philosophy of Law (3)
Either of these can be chosen to meet the ethics requirement for the accelerated master of public policy (MPP) degree. In addition, if one of these ethics courses was chosen for the core minor requirement, then neither of these may be selected as the elective.

PPOL 100 Methods of Policy Analysis (4)

PPOL 114 Social Policy Analysis (4)

PPOL 118 Women's Leadership in Politics (4)

PPOL 125 Gender and Public Policy (4)

PPOL 141 Law and Public Policy (4) or
SOSC 093 Law and Society (3)
If one of these law-related courses was chosen for the core minor requirement, then neither of these may be selected as the elective.

PPOL 150 Environmental Policy Analysis (4)

PPOL 180 Special Topics in Public Policy (4)

OR any PPOL course or any policy-related course in ANTH, ECON, ETHS, ENVS, GOVT, HIST, SOC, or SOSC with minor advisor’s approval

BA/MPP Accelerated Master's Degree Program
(a minimum of 26 semester course credits)

The Mills College BA/MPP Program allows majors in politics, economics, policy, and law (PEPL), minors in public policy, and majors in numerous 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.

PEPL majors, public policy minors, and 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 Public Policy Program Director two years prior to their bachelor's degree graduation date in order to learn about application and course requirements and establish a course plan.

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

PPOL 015 Introduction to Public Policy (3) or
GOVT 121 The Public Policy-Making Process (3)

ECON 50 Introduction to Economics (4)

ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (4)

ECON 134 Public Sector Economics: The Economics of Government (4)
Prerequisite: ECON 050

PPOL 141 Law and Public Policy (4)

PPOL 100 Methods of Policy Analysis (4)
Prerequisite: ECON 081 or MATH 102; GOVT 121 or PPOL 015 is recommended before taking PPOL 100

Ethics
(1 course, 3 semester course credits):

GOVT 139 Ethical Reasoning in Public Policy (4)

PHIL 062 Ethics (3)

PHIL 125 Philosophy of Law (3)

Dimensions of Diversity in Public Policy
(1 course, 3 semester course credits)
This course may be selected from any course that satisfies the core diversity requirement or any course with an advisor’s approval that satisfies the dimensions of diversity or dimensions of inequality requirement of the MPP program.

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

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