Public Policy Minor

Department of Public Policy

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114 Abernethy Hall, CB# 3435

(919) 962-1600

Daniel Gitterman, Chair

Patricia Sullivan, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ellen Jackson, Student Services Officer

Public policy is an interdisciplinary social science program designed to provide students with the theoretical perspective, analytical skill, and substantive knowledge needed to respond to major domestic and global policy problems. The core curriculum in public policy includes courses on policy innovation and analysis, political science, ethics and social justice, economics, statistics, and research design. The undergraduate minor in public policy consists of five courses.

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

First-year and sophomore students considering a minor in public policy are encouraged to complete PLCY 101 or PLCY 110.

Students must complete at least four of the following core courses:12
Policy Innovation and Analysis H
The Politics of Public Policy H
Justice in Public Policy H
Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy H
Research Design for Public Policy
One additional PLCY course at the 100 level or above (not including PLCY 130)3
Total Hours15

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Public policy (PLCY) course descriptions.

The regulations governing a minor, as set forth in this catalog, apply to the minor in public policy.

See the program page here for special opportunity.