The public policy program is interdisciplinary. It consists of a major in one of the participating disciplines and an interdisciplinary public policy major built around a core sequence drawn from economics, geography and political science. The purpose of the program is to better prepare majors from the three departments to enter the public sector work force or to pursue advanced specialized study.
Public policy is not a free-standing major. It is normally taken in conjunction with a major in economics (general economics or managerial economics options) or geography or political science. Students who combine majors in public policy and either geography or political science will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in public policy and a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography or political science. As some public policy requirements and electives count toward both degrees or majors, the actual amount of additional coursework needed to fulfill the requirements of the second degree or major may be as low as 17 credits.