Requirements for Major and Minor

The Policy Studies major introduces students to historical, social, economic, and political factors shaping contemporary public policy issues. Students develop an expertise in a public policy area of their choice that provides a broad range of scholarly perspectives.

Students acquire practical skills by studying policy issues through coursework in the Policy Studies Program, other departments in the Maxwell School and in the College of Arts and Sciences, Sport and Human Dynamics, Management, School of Education, Visual and Performing Arts and Newhouse.

Students develop skills in social science research, computer applications, data collection and analysis, written and oral communications, interpersonal relations, planning, management, and problem solving. Several of the required major courses involve internships and policy-related field work.

One of the core course requirements, for both the major and the minor, is PST 101: An Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy. Learn more about PST 101 at

Entrance Requirements:

Before admission to the major, students mus have a "B" or better in PST 101: An Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy, and have completed or passing by mid-semester, MAX 201: Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences or a suitable alternative approved by Professor Coplin. Students must complete at least 35 hours of public service by taking PST 110 or a suitable alternative approved by Professor Coplin. An interview with Professor Coplin, Director of the Policy Studies Program, is necessary before formally admitted as majors.

Advising Requirements:

Each semester you must meet with Michelle Walker to check on your progress toward meeting the major requirements. You may also meet with Professor Coplin after you have met with Michelle Walker.

Exit Requirement:

You must complete an exit survey during your last semester in order for our office to notify your college that you have completed the major.

For information on the requirements for a Major in Policy Studies or Minor in Policy Studies, please visit the Course Catalog.