Courses for PPA Majors

The B.S. in Public Policy and Analysis is a joint major that provides the rigor of a B.S. degree with an emphasis on topics in public policy. A combination of 17 courses, totaling 51+ credit hours, is required to complete the major. Majors will take the requisite QTM coursework, four courses offered by Political Science, one course offered by Economics, and three policy elective courses. Elective courses include courses from Economics, Sociology, Political Science, and Environmental Sciences and are updated / listed on our webpage each semester.

Please note, students must meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.0 to graduate with any major or minor from the department.

All classes counting toward the degree must be taken for a letter grade.

 

 

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POLS 100: National Politics in the United States

Origins, principles, structures, processes, and practices of American national government. Stresses different perspectives on democratic theory and practice, and the adequacy of governmental institutions.

Prerequisites: None

GER: HSC

Credits: 3

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POLS 200: Intermediate National Politics of the U.S.

This intermediate course in American politics examines how the public, elected officials and political institutions interact to govern and make public policy.

Prerequisites: None

GER: None

Credits: 3

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POLS 360: Public Policy Process

How national public policies develop. Focus on who American governing actors and elites are, what they control, how they work together, and how issues thereby develop, recur, and evolve into policy.

Prerequisites: None

GER: HSC

Credits: 3

Cross-listed: SOC 377

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POLS 369: Policy Analysis

Overview of the quantitative and qualitative methodologies employed by analysts in determining whether public programs and policies work. Attention is also given to research utilization and the role of analysis in the policymaking process.

Prerequisites: None

GER: HSC

Credits: 3

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ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics

Introduction to the theory of markets, including consumer and producer choice and how they interact to determine prices and resource allocations. Applications include price controls, production, market structures, environmental economics, governmental regulation of the economy, labor and capital markets, and international exchange.

Prerequisites: None

GER: HSC

Credits: 3

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Policy Electives

 

Policy Elective Courses (3 required)

Check out the approved policy elective list, which is an exhaustive list of courses approved as policy electives in the PPA major.

Looking for elective offerings by semester? See here:

Fall 2017 Policy Elective Courses

Spring 2018 Policy Elective Courses