The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Public Policy Minor

Explore a public policy minor and learn how you can make a difference in the world.

Undergraduates who minor in public policy often describe it as the “perfect way” to better understand how policy affects all aspects of society—from urban development, international relations, and technological change to health care, education, and the law.

The Public Policy Minor is open to Dartmouth undergraduates from all majors who seek a coherent program of study in the broadly defined field of public policy. This program prepares students for careers in a variety of policy-related fields, including jobs in policy analysis, research and not-for-profit organizations, and as consultants for business and government entities.

Intentionally flexible and broad in scope, the program draws faculty from across the social sciences and interdisciplinary programs. Prominent policy makers and scholars who visit the campus offer an even closer look at policy making not only through lectures and seminars but also during informal dinner discussions with students that provide a chance to examine issues one-to-one.

For more information, contact Professor Ronald Shaiko or Jane DaSilva, program coordinator, at (603) 646-2229.

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Minor Requirements

The public policy minor requirements include a research methods prerequisite and six courses.

Courses

Courses draw from across the social sciences and interdisciplinary programs.

Public Policy Tracks

Your track can concentrate on subjects such as economics, education, the environment, health, law, leadership, or urban studies.

Course Selection Worksheet

Submit a course selection worksheet along with a one-page proposal to Professor Ronald Shaiko.

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