Minor Requirements

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

Students are required to complete the policymaking course, two courses in public policy methods, two courses in a policy track of a student's design, and one public policy seminar relating to the student's policy track.

Students who wish to pursue the minor must officially sign up for it no later than the third term prior to graduation and are encouraged to enroll during their sophomore or junior year. The six courses required for the minor may not count toward a student's major or another minor.

Planning Your Minor

  • Complete the minor worksheet.
  • Prepare a one page proposal outlining the courses you have selected and how they form a coherent program of study.
  • Submit the minor proposal on DegreeWorks through Banner student and send your proposal to Laura Mitchell, Program Officer, and Professor Herschel Nachlis, Associate Director and Senior Policy Fellow.


One course conveying quantitative or qualitative research methods. Options include Public Policy 10, Government 10, Sociology 10, Quantitative Social Science 15, Economics 10, Mathematics 10, Psychology 10, Geography 11, Geography 9.01 (Previously GEOG 50), Sociology 11.

Requirements for the Minor

  • One policymaking process course (Public Policy 5)
  • Two public policy methods courses (including, but not limited to: Economics 20, Engineering 18, Public Policy 40, Public Policy 41, Public Policy 40.01, Public Policy 42, Public Policy 43, Public Policy 44, Public Policy 45, Public Policy 46, Public Policy 47, Public Policy 48, Public Policy 49, Public Policy 82.08)
  • Two courses in a policy track (Courses may be selected from any department and must be midlevel or higher. (PBPL 20 and 50 level courses apply to this group)
  • One seminar-level course (Public Policy Minor seminar relevant to the chosen policy track)