Major and Concentration

Requirements for Major in Public Policy

  • Five units: Economics and Management 101 and 230, Philosophy 304, and Political Science 216 and 338
  • One unit in statistics chosen from among Economics and Management 235, Mathematics 209.
  • One unit in research methods chosen from among Anthropology and Sociology 224, Economics and Management 379 and Political Science 100.
  • Two units, which must be taken in two different departments, chosen from the following restricted electives related to public policy:
    Anthropology and Sociology 345, 370
    Economics and Management 232, 273, 322, 323, 331, 353, 354, 375
    Education 202
    Environment 220
    History 243
    Philosophy 206, 301, 302, 303, 308, 335
    Political Science 214, 220, 319, 322, 323, 324
    Substitution as approved by the Ford Institute director.
  • One unit from among an internship, Honors thesis, or directed study in public policy approved by the Ford Institute Internal Advisory Committee.
  • A substantial paper and an oral presentation on a topic related to public policy. This paper and presentation will be completed as one of the requirements listed above.

Students who double major in public policy and another field may count up to one unit toward the requirements of both majors. If there is more than one unit of overlap between the majors, then the student must take additional electives in one of the majors to substitute for every unit of overlap beyond one in consultation with the department chair or program director.

Students who enroll in the Washington Semester program at the American University can receive up to two units of credit toward the requirements of the public policy major, subject to the approval of the Ford Institute director and the Ford Internal Advisory Committee.

Requirements for Concentration in Public Policy and Service

  • A minimum of six and one-half units including the following. Note: Students must be admitted to the Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service to pursue this concentration.
  • PBSV 101, Introduction to Public Service. (Required for first year.)
  • Political Science 101: Politics of American Democracy
  • Political Science 216: Public Policy Analysis
  • At least one unit selected from Communication Studies 241, 245; English 203, 205, 207, Economics and Management 101, one semester of modern language at the 200-level or above
  • At least one unit selected from Philosophy 201, 202, 206, 301, 302, 303, 304, 308, 309, 335, or Religion 242
  • Internship (one unit)
  • PBSV 397, Senior Colloquium (to be taken during spring of senior year, or junior year with permission of instructor)
  • All courses for the concentration must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.