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The program in public policy allows students to explore, from a multidisciplinary perspective, both the processes of making social choices and the content of contemporary policy issues. Most courses in the program serve as complements to departmental offerings. Likewise, the minor in public policy complements majors in both the social and natural sciences, expanding the scope of a student’s major.

The first course in the sequence is PPL 220, Public Policy Analysis or GOV 207, Politics of Public Policy. Contact any of the advisers in the program for more information.

Director: Donald Baumer, Professor of Government

Advisers: Randall Bartlett (Economics); Donald Baumer (Government); Deborah Haas-Wilson (Economics)

The minor consists of six courses:

GOV 207 or PPL 220 Any two public policy electives; Any two courses from departmental offerings that have substantial policy content (to be selected in consultation with a minor adviser); PPL 390 or an alternate selected in consultation with a minor adviser.



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