Below is an example of a four-year degree plan for the BSPP. Because each student has a their own academic timeline and goals, all majors should consult with the BSPP advisor to develop a personalized degree plan for timely graduation.
All BSPP majors must take five courses within a policy specialization area:
For students who are interested in gaining deep 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.
With appropriate planning, all four of the BSPP's foundation courses can also fulfill Baccalaureate Core and College of Liberal Arts requirements: Social Processes and Institutions, Social Sciences, Additional CLA Course, one required Bachelor of Science Mathematics Course.
S/U grading (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) in major courses is NOT permitted.
* ST 201 does not count for Core or B.S. Mathematics requirement
Students select a focus in one of three established specializations or self-design a specialization with the BSPP academic advisor. All specializations require 18-20 credits, 14 of which must be completed within the School of Public Policy. The three established specializations are Environmental Policy, Rural Policy, and Social Policy.
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.