BSPP specialization in Rural Policy:

I. Foundations (15 credits)
  1. Economics 201: Introduction to Microeconomics
  2. Political Science 201: Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics
  3. Sociology 204: Introduction to Sociology
  4. Math 245: Math for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
    Or Statistics 201: Principles of Statistics
    Or Statistics 351: Introduction to Statistical Methods
II. Public Policy Core (22 credits)
  1. Political Science 331: State and Local Politics
  2. Political Science 371: Public Policy Problems
  3. Political Science 372: Public Administration
  4. Public Policy 407: Public Policy Professional Seminar (2 credits)
  5. Public Policy 413: Ethics in Public Policy
  6. Economics 435: The Political Economy
    Or Political Science 458: International Political Economy
    Or Sociology 360: Populations Trends and Policy
III. Methods and WIC (8 credits)
  1. Public Policy 421: Introduction to Policy Research
  2. Public Policy 422: Policy Analysis (WIC)
IV.      BSPP Practice and Capstone (10 credits)
  1. Public Policy 410: Internship/Work Experience
  2. PPOL 406: Special Projects
V.      Rural Policy Specialization Electives (18-20 credits)

Select 18-20 credits from the list below. At least 14 credits must be in courses from the School of Public Policy.

  • AEC 240: Rural Economics of Place and People (3 cr) e
  • AEC 388: Agricultural Law (4 cr) e
  • AEC 421: Economics of Rural Poverty and the US Social Safety Net (4 cr) e
  • AEC 454: Rural Dev’l Economics and Policy 3 cr) e
  • AGRI 411: Intro to Food Systems: Local to Global (4 cr)
  • ANTH 466: Rural Anthropology (4 cr) e
  • ANTH 481: Nat’l Resources & Community Values (3 cr) e
  • ECON 352: Environmental Economics and Policy (3 cr) e
  • ECON 455: Economic Development (4 cr)
  • FES 360: Collaboration and Conflict Management (3 cr)
  • FES 485: Consensus and Natural Resources (3 cr) e
  • GEOG 450: Land Use in the American West (3 cr) e
  • GEOG 451: Planning Principles and Practices for Resilient Communities (3 cr) (Prereq:  Geo 423 or Geo 523)
  • PPOL  451: International Comparative Rural Policy
  • PS 470: Global Food Politics and Policy (4 cr) e
  • PS 475: Environmental Politics and Policy (4 cr) e
  • SOC 381: Social Dimensions of Sustainability (4 cr) e
  • SOC 475: Rural Sociology (4 cr)
  • SOC 480: Environmental Sociology (4 cr) e
  • SOC 481: Society and Natural Resources (4 cr) e
  • RS 421: Economics of Rural Poverty and the US Social Safety Net (4 cr) e

“e” denotes courses offered online as well as on campus

VI. Learning Beyond the Major

Opportunities to put learning into practice are built into the BSPP curriculum. However, in seeking to maximize your educational experience, there are other opportunities students might consider. Internships, jobs, and volunteer work can broaden students’ understanding of how public policy is developed, applied, and/or experienced in the field. A minor or second major can allow a student to develop deeper content knowledge in the policy areas that interest them most. Study abroad programs deepen cross-cultural understanding and expose you to different systems and policymaking approaches. Consult with the BSPP advisor about complementing your major with the options that best fit your interests and goals.