Public Policy Major

The realm of public policy encompasses virtually all aspects of contemporary society — economic development, financial markets, health care, education, poverty, crime, the environment, technology, national security and immigration. These complex and often connected issues increasingly demand a rich and sophisticated understanding of the actions of governmental institutions and the motivations of political actors and other stakeholders in a global political environment. The nature of public policy is such that its development almost always involves non-governmental institutions and actors. Businesses, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, interest groups, academic and legal experts and the public at large all play a role in shaping public policy priorities, the public discourse about those priorities, implementation of public policies and the evaluation of policy outcomes.

A major in Public Policy prepares students for work in all types of organizations and sectors of the job market: federal, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations and private-sector corporations.

In addition to the specific major requirements described below, students must also complete the General Education Curriculum, and additional degree requirements for Arts and Sciences majors, including focused-course requirements, additional electives, modern language requirements and a Minor in Business Studies or Business Studies Major.

CourseTitleCredits
Required Courses for Public Policy Major
Students must complete eight courses to fulfill the Public Policy major. Four of these are required:
GLS 101Globalization3
GLS 230Politics and Public Policy3
GLS 405Seminar in Government3
GLS 422Internship in Government 13
In addition, select two GLS electives from GLS 200-4996
Choose two additional electives from approved courses in political science and global studies, law, economics, sociology and other departments across campus. Electives may be fulfilled by the following courses:6
GLS 200-499
Intermediate Macroeconomics
Economics of Regulation and Antitrust
International Economic Growth and Development
Economics of the European Union
Urban and Regional Economics
Environmental Economics
Introduction to Econometrics
Behavioral and Experimental Economics
Monetary Economics
History of Modern U.S. Foreign Policy, 1945-Present
Law and Society
Environmental Law
Gender and the Law
Race and the Law
"Outsiders" and the Law
Moot Court
Game Theory
Global Health Challenges
Science of Environmental Policy
Drugs and Society
Diversity, Minorities and Social Change
Social Problems
Deviance and Social Control
Sociology of Native American Peoples
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Students who are unable to complete GLS 422 because of unusual circumstances may satisfy the requirement with an alternative GLS course approved by the Director.