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Welcome to the School of Public Policy at OSU, home to programs in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology, and a graduate program in Public Policy. Approved in 2011 as part of the strategic realignment of the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Public Policy offers on campus and online undergraduate majors in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, and Sociology, as well as an online and on campus Master of Public Policy, online Executive Master of Public Policy, and PhD in Public Policy programs. The School also offers undergraduate minors in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology as well as graduate minors in Political Science and Sociology.

Within this school, you will find engaged faculty who are innovative teachers, challenging scholars, and willing mentors who will work one-on-one with you as you build your future.  You will find peers who challenge the way you think about the world, your education, and yourself.

Students who graduate from the School of Public Policy are the next generation of leaders who know how to operate in environments of tight budgets, produce more with fewer resources, and work in an environment of increased public skepticism, all while addressing some of the most complex problems humans have ever faced. MPP RankingAffordablecollegesonline PS ranking





  • Tuesday, February 18, 3:30 – 5 PM, Hallie Ford Center, Room #115
    Shamus Khan, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University
    “Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus”
  • Friday, November 8, 12-1 PM, Bexell 414: SPP Brownbag Series
    Catherine Bolzendahl (Associate Prof. of Sociology, UC Irvine):
    “Tolerance and Democracy: An Uneasy Relationship."
  • Friday, November 1, 12-1 PM, Bexell 414: SPP Brownbag Series
    Xiuming (Audrey) Dong (Economics PhD candidate at Syracuse University):
    “The Impact of Recreational Marijuana Sales Legalization on Workplace Injuries:  Evidence from Oregon"
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2:30–3:45 PM, Bexell 415:
    Nicholas Lovrich, Francis Benjamin, Washington State University
    "Polarization and Incivility in American Politics: Is Congressional Gridlock Affecting U.S. State Legislatures?"
  • Friday, October 25, 12-1 PM, Bexell 414: SPP Brownbag Series
    Leah Ruppanner, Associate Prof. of Sociology and Co-Director of the Policy Lab at the University of Melbourne:
    “Motherlands: How U.S. States Push Mothers Out of Employment.”
  • Monday, October 21, 7 PM, CH2MHILL Alumni Center Ballroom:
    Peter Loge, Director, Project on Ethics in Political Communication, George Washington University:
    "Lying Lies and the Liars Who Lie Them"
  • Oct 11, 4 PM: LINC 128
    "Flash Panel on Impeachment"
    Sara Gelser, State Senator; Rorie Solberg, School of Public Policy; Steve Shay, School of History, Philosophy & Religion; Chris Nichols, School of History, Philosophy & Religion
    Moderator: Amy Koehlinger, School of History, Philosophy & Religion

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