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Public Policy Major

Check Sheet

Effective with the Class of 2026

A first major, ten courses, and an internship are required for the PP major.

No more than two courses used to fulfill the requirements of a student’s first major may count toward the Public Policy major. Exceptions may be made for Economics, Business, and IGS majors.

Prerequisite Course

  • One introductory government class POL 101, 103, or 104 or AP Government Exam score of 4 or 5.

Seven Public Policy Core Courses

  • PP 221 Introduction to Public Policy
  • PP 251 Research Design.
  • Values and ethics course from PHIL/PP 230, 232, PHIL 252, 328, REL/PP 227, 327, 362 or a course approved by the Public Policy Ethics and Values Committee.
  • PP 305 Advanced Public Policy Analysis 
    Or a Policymaking course approved by the Public Policy Chairperson
  • PP 306 The Public and Its Problems or PP 323 Social Determinants of Health Or a Theory course approved by Public Policy Chairperson
  • PP 470 Internship with Policy Concept Paper related to concentration
  • PP 401 Capstone

Three Additional Requirements:

  • ECON 105 Economics of Public Issues and an upper-level elective in students' area of concentration OR ECON 103 Macroeconomics and ECON 104 Microeconomics.
  • One elective course related to concentration.
    See Public Policy website for list of approved courses

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