Through rigorous coursework, the Public Policy major provides students with the analytical and decision- making skills necessary to understand complex policy problems. As a PolicyTerp with a sophisticated, in-depth understanding of domestic and international problems, you will possess the values and perspectives necessary to shape sustainable solutions. The Public Policy major gives you the tools you need to translate your passion into real change.

Public policy focuses especially on analysis, to integrate the approaches of different disciplines in an effort to produce the best policy decisions and the most effective policy implementation. Rather than focusing on theories or institutions, Public Policy focuses on the problem and generating policies in response to that problem. PolicyTerps provide bold, innovative solutions required to foster the change we need to see.

Major Requirements

The Public Policy major requires that students take 61 credits. Under special circumstances such as transfer from another program, a waiver may be requested and approved by the director of undergraduate studies. The major requirements will satisfy at least 15 of the General Education requirements leaving a minimum of 33 credits available for electives.

Students have the option to take four courses (12 credits) in one of three areas of focus: sustainability, public leadership, and nonprofit and social change leadership. Students who do not choose a focus must select at least two courses from the focus list of courses and two other electives approved by the program. These electives will help students hone in on a particular policy interest that may not be offered in the School.

Examples include health policy, education policy, cybersecurity, etc. These students have the ability to build the major to their own interests and goals.

Please see below or download the Four Year Plan and Checklist for all major requirements.

Public Policy Major Four Year Plan