UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE MAPS
For an example of a four-year degree plan for the BSPP, check out the sample plan in the Academic Catalog. Because each student has their own academic timeline and goals, all majors should consult with the BSPP advisor to develop a personalized degree plan for timely graduation.
BSPP SPECIALIZATION OPTIONS
All BSPP majors must take five courses within a policy specialization area:
S/U grading (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) in major courses is NOT permitted.
I. Public Policy Core (22 credits)
Political Science 331: State and Local Politics
Political Science 371: Public Policy Problems
Political Science 372: Public Administration
Public Policy 407: Public Policy Professional Seminar (2 credits)
Public Policy 413: Ethics in Public Policy
Economics 435: Public Economics
Or Political Science 458: International Political Economy
Or Sociology 360: Population Trends and Policy
II. Methods and Writing Intensive Course (8 credits)
Public Policy 421: Introduction to Policy Research
Public Policy 422: Policy Analysis (WIC)
III. BSPP Practicum (4 credits)
Public Policy 410: Internship/Work Experience
IV. Public Policy Specialization Electives (18-20 credits)
Select a focus in one of three established specializations: Environmental Policy, Rural Policy, and Social Policy. All specializations require 18-20 credits, 14 of which must be completed within the School of Public Policy.
V. 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 you might consider. Internships, jobs, and volunteer work can broaden your understanding of how public policy is developed, applied, and/or experienced in the field. A minor or second major can allow you to develop deeper content knowledge in the policy areas that most interest you. 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.
double degree or dual major option
For students who are interested in gaining much deeper content knowledge in a specific area of policy, a double degree or dual major can be a great fit. Gaining a strong technical understanding of a policy area can aid future policymakers and advocates in developing effective, informed solutions that benefit the public.