Public Policy Studies

The minor or specialization in public policy studies will prepare you to make a difference - at local, national, and global levels.

Students sitting in class

You care deeply about people and populations

Our students are conscientious and analytical, cultivating a deep understanding of the different ways public policy is developed and implemented. You'll use your vision, compassion and intelligence to improve the lives of others.

You'll think critically about questions that concern the daily lives of Americans — like the impacts of governmental actions and the tools available to address societal struggles — and apply your skills to every day situations.

Our students combine public policy with a variety of majors and head out into the world prepared to affect public good.


The Minor Consists of Five Courses

The following two core courses:

ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics 4
POLS 217 American Public Policy 4

Plus three electives from the following list:

BUS 220 Introduction to Health Systems 4
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
ECON 236 Public Economics 4
ECON 241 Business Competition and Antitrust Policy 4
ECON 247 Environmental Economics 4
ECON 255 Political Economy of Education 4
PH 345 Health Systems & Policy 4
POLS 101 Introduction to American Politics 4
POLS 212 Politics Unplugged: How Things Work in Massachusetts 4
POLS 227 Food Policy 3
POLS 317 Intersectionality and Public Policy 4
SOCI 321 Sociology of Food 4
SW 200 Social Welfare Policy 4

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

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