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.

Required Prerequisites 9
ECO 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
ECO 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
PSC 201 Introduction to the American Political System 3
Required Core Courses 17
PSC 311 Introduction to Public Policy 3
PSC 326 Ideas, Ethics, and Public Policy 3
PSC 410 Policy Analysis and Implementation 3,4
PSC 451 Empirical Political Analysis 3,4
PSC 452 ECCE: Economic Analysis 3
PSC 487 Public Policy Closing Seminar / Capstone 2
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) 1 6
Total Hours 41