B.S. in Public Policy

Program Information

Policymakers are the ones who shape our world: they work on solving problems that affect us all — such as improving the environment, providing affordable health care, planning transportation options, and improving the quality of life in communities. Recognizing the interdisciplinary nature of public policy, this major includes study in a wide variety of policy areas through different departments. Majors will develop the ability to synthesize information and knowledge from across the disciplines to formulate comprehensive analyses of existing or proposed public policies, and to be able to present these analyses to decision-makers.

Suggested Schedule of Courses

This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the current catalog.  This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement — contact your advisement office if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements.  Also see the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of requirements and electives to choose from. 

Students may choose to attend a summer term to reduce their load during fall or spring semesters but still stay on track to graduate in four years.


Year 1

Term 1

Course Hours

ENGL 1101

3

MATH 1101 or Higher

3

Lab Science “A”

4

GSU 1010

1

PHIL 1010

2
Total Hours 13

Term 2

Course Hours

ENGL 1102

3

POLS 1101

3

Lab Science “B”

4

SPCH 2050

3

PERS 2001

2

HIST 2110

3
Total Hours 18

Milestones

  • Overall GPA 2.0 or higher
  • Complete all Area A requirements
  • Attend the major fair and declare a major

Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

PMAP 3021 or PMAP 3031

3

PSYC 1101

3

ECON 2105

3

Area E Social Science Elective

3

MATH 1070

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

PMAP 3311

3

SOCI 1101

3

ECON 2106

3

Area C Course

3

Area E Global Issues Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Milestones


Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

PMAP 3021 or PMAP 3031

3

Area F Elective

3

PMAP 4041

3

Area H Track Course

3

Area I Approved Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

PMAP 4051

3

Area F Elective

3

Area H Track Course

3

Area H Track Course

3

Area I Approved Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Milestones

Meet with Advisor in University Advisement Center to discuss policy areas

  • Select a “track” (concentration) in policy
  • Complete PMAP 4041 with C or higher
  • Complete Area G Core
  • Apply for graduation

Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

PMAP 4061

3

Area H Track Course

3

Area H Track Course

3

Area I 3000 – 4999 Approved Elective

3

Area I Approved Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

Area H Track Course

3

Area H Track Course

3

[PMPA 4941] Internship

3

Area I 3000 – 4999 Approved Elective

3

Area I 3000 – 4999 Approved Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Milestones

  • Find and complete an internship
  • Meet OAA Advisor for graduation check out