Public Policy American Track

Following is a list of required courses. Students who believe they have had a comparable course at a four-year university or community college may submit a Student Petition to the department to waive the course requirements. Students may submit a Student Petition to count a maximum of four courses as transfer credit toward the Public Policy major.

Students should consult with academic advisors in the major for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements. Students seeking a double major in Public Policy and Political Science (highly recommended) may count some of the prerequisites (PSC 201 and PSC 371) and core (PSC 451) with Political Science.


ECO 201Introduction to Microeconomics3
ECO 202Introduction to Macroeconomics3
PSC 201Introduction to the American Political System3
Core Courses17
PSC 311Introduction to Public Policy3
PSC 326Ideas, Ethics, and Public Policy3
PSC 410Policy Analysis and Implementation3,4
PSC 451Empirical Political Analysis3,4
PSC 452ECCE: Economic Analysis3
PSC 487Public Policy Closing Seminar / Capstone2
or PSC 488 Honors Public Policy Closing Seminar / Capstone
Public Policy American Track Electives (choose three)9
Legislative Politics
Public Opinion
The American Presidency
American Political Behavior
Political Parties and Interest Groups
The Supreme Court and Judicial Politics
National Security Issues and the U.S. Constitution
Gender, Politics, and Public Policy
Terrorism and Public Policy
Additional Electives (six hours of PSC courses) 16
Total Hours41