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Public policy concerns the actions of governments and the objectives that guide those actions. The 80,000 governments that make up the American system have a profound effect on the daily life of their citizens.
Students are drawn to study public policy for various reasons. Many students may hope to work for local, state, or national governments at some point in their careers. Students who plan to work in the private sector increasingly find that government affects their professional and personal activities. In addition, all students who desire to become more informed citizens find their lives enriched by an appreciation of how, and to what effect, government acts.
The interdisciplinary field of public policy is organized around four related sets of questions:
The study of public policy requires a basic grounding in economics and political science. Students are therefore required to take introductory courses in each of those fields. Since the upper-level public policy courses in economics are all microeconomics-based, ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics is required.
The minor consists of five courses:
Plus two of the following: