Public Policy Curriculum

Course Requirements

  • Economics: Introductory Microeconomics, Introductory Macroeconomics, Public Finance – Government Expenditures, and Public Finance – Taxation.
  • Political Science: Introduction to American Politics, Power and Public Policy, plus at least two other policy-related Political Science courses.
  • Other: In addition to the eight courses listed above, students are required to take two additional policy-related courses. Students are encouraged to consider policy-related courses in other disciplines. Sociology, in particular, offers several policy-related courses on a regular basis. Students may also take classes from Public Policy faculty members that address some specific policy domain, for example, health care policy, environmental policy, urban policy, or immigration policy.

Students pursuing an AOC in Public Policy are also required to take a course in basic statistics. While no additional courses in quantitative analysis are required, students are strongly encouraged to take additional courses of this nature if they plan on pursuing a career in some aspect of public policy.

In order to complete a Public Policy Area of Concentration, the Senior Thesis must be sponsored by a member of the Public Policy faculty, who are listed below. One other member of the Public Policy faculty must be on the Baccalaureate Committee.

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

Economics/Public Policy: For this Joint Disciplinary AOC, the student must complete all the requirements for an Area of Concentration in Economics, including completion of both Public Finance Courses (Government Spending and Taxation). In addition, the student must satisfactorily complete Introduction to American Politics and Power and Public Policy, plus one other non-economics policy-related course. A non-Economics member of the Public Policy faculty must be on the Baccalaureate Committee.

Political Science/Public Policy: For this Joint Disciplinary AOC, the student must complete all the requirements for an Area of Concentration in Political Science, including American Politics and Power and Public Policy. In addition, the student must satisfactorily complete Introductory Microeconomics and Introductory Macroeconomics, plus one other non-political science policy-related course. A non-Political Science member of the Public Policy faculty must be on the Baccalaureate Committee.

Other Discipline (not Political Science or Economics)/Public Policy: For this Joint Disciplinary AOC, the student must complete the requirements for the “Other Discipline” Joint Disciplinary Area of Concentration. In addition, the student must satisfactorily complete Introductory Microeconomics, Introductory Macroeconomics, American Political Development, Power and Public Policy, either Public Finance: Government Expenditures or Public Finance: Taxation, and one other course in Political Science. The student must also complete a course in quantitative methods. A member of the Public Policy faculty must be on the Baccalaureate Committee.