Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of Political Science

Undergraduate Programs
Public Policy

The Public Policy major is designed to prepare students for careers in public service, advocacy, and analysis. It aims at a broad understanding of the goals and problems of public policy, the political process that leads to policy development, and the implementation and evaluation of public policy. The major is valuable preparation for those who intend to engage in research for public agencies, non-profits, or voluntary associations interested in the problems of government. A master’s degree program concentrating in public policy is also available for advanced work in preparation for an executive career in these fields.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Public Policy  major is met by completing  Political Science 422.  That course is referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses in the Department of Political Science (34 credits)
    (1) All of the following courses (18 credits):
    PLS 100 Introduction to American Politics 3
    PLS 200 Introduction to Political Science 4
    PLS 201 Introduction to Methods of Political Analysis 4
    PLS 392 Special Topics in Political Science 4
    PLS 494 Field Experience in Political Science 3
    (2) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    PLS 310 Public Administration and Policy Making 3
    PLS 313 American Public Policy 3
    (3) Three of the following courses (9 credits):
    PLS 301 American State Government 3
    PLS 302 Urban Politics 3
    PLS     310 Public Administration and Policy Making 3
    PLS 313 American Public Policy 3
    PLS 324 Congress 3
    PLS 325 The Presidency 3
    PLS 331 Political Parties and Interest Groups 3
    PLS 342 Comparative Political Economy 3
    PLS 362 American Foreign Policy and National Security 3
    PLS 363 International and Domestic Political Conflict 3
    PLS 364 Politics of the United Nations and International Organizations 3
    (4) The following course (4 credits):
    PLS 422 Seminar in Political Science (W) 4