Public Policy Minor

Requirements for Political Science Minors

A general minor in political science can be arranged, as well as specialized minors in eight different subfields of the discipline. Interested students should see a faculty adviser to plan a coherent program of study as a minor field.

Students must achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA in the political science courses chosen to qualify for the minor. Students may count no more than 3 hours in political science taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis toward the minor. Students taking an internship POL SCI 3940 may count no more than three hours of the internship toward the minor.

Public Policy Minor Requirements 

POL SCI 2420Introduction to Public Policy3
Select four of the following:12
State Politics
The American Presidency
Introduction to Urban Politics
Public Administration
Public and Nonprofit Organizational Behavior
Public and NonProfit Budgeting
Urban Administration
The Politics of Poverty and Welfare
Environmental Policy
Special Readings (when appropriate)
Public Affairs Internship (when appropriate)
Total Hours15

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of theories, concepts and practices relevant to public policy.
  • Describe and apply the models used to analyze and create public policy.
  • Assess public policy issues, formulate evidence-based recommendations, and communicate them with clarity and coherence.