Minor in Public Policy

Addressing the “big” problems in society such as education reform, crime reduction, poverty alleviation, and human rights require the input of business, government, and nonprofit actors in a complex environment. The private, public, and nonprofit sectors are increasingly interconnected in efforts to collaborate and coordinate to develop effective policies to solve social problems and address the needs of diverse stakeholders in society. Public policy affects all aspects of society from urban development to healthcare, the environment, education, international relations, and more.

The Minor in Public Policy is designed to enhance student understanding of public problems and how governments attempt to address them. A minor in public policy may be useful for students considering careers in a variety of policy-related fields, including jobs in policy analysis, research, public administration, nonprofit management, program evaluation, and as consultants for business and government entities. Students pursuing a minor in Public Policy will deepen their understanding of public problems, policy solutions, and their own role as individual citizens in the policy environment. Students can select electives to focus their minor on a substantive policy are of their choice (e.g. environmental policy, urban policy, crime and justice policy, etc.)

Open to undergraduates of all disciplines

Public Policy Minor Requirements

Public Policy Minor Requirements (15 credit hours)

2 core courses

  • PA 210 Introduction to Policy Process (3 credits)
  • PA 211 Policy Problems & Alternatives (3 credits)

1 elective within the Department of Public Administration

2 elective courses from the approved list (below)

  • PA 230 – Nonprofit Organizations in U.S. Society
  • PA 240 – Environmental Policy
  • PA 410 – Economics for Public Administration & Policy Decisions
  • PA 300 – Introduction to Urban Policy Processes
  • UPP 301 – Political Economy of Urban Development
  • PA 303 – Urban Govt. I: Managing the Internal Environment
  • PA 305 – Urban Govt. II: Managing the External Environment
  • UPP 306 – Urban Policy Analysis Methods
  • UPP 308 – Globalization & Urban Political Affairs
  • PA 309 – Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • CLJ 101 – Introduction to Criminology, Law, and Justice
  • CLJ 200 – Law in Society
  • CLJ 240 – Criminal Justice Organizations
  • ECON 220 – Microeconomics: Theory & Application
  • ECON 328 – Public Finance
  • ECON 331 – Labor Economics
  • ECON 332 – Urban Economics
  • ECON 214 – Health Economics
  • ECON 215 – Economics of Education
  • PUBH 100 – Health & the Public
  • PUBH 110 – Public Health & Global Societies
  • SOC 105 – Social Problems

Students are encouraged to consult with their primary advisor in their home unit about the suitability of the Public Policy minor to their overall academic plan of study. Elective courses may have prerequisites that do not count toward the minor. Electives may be taken primarily in one department, or across multiple departments.

*A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for admission to the minor. A GPA of 2.5/4.0 is required in the courses taken towards the minor.

**Students who are pursuing a BA in Urban Public Affairs (UPA) may not count elective courses toward both the UPA degree and the Public Policy minor.

***Students must submit a Public Policy Minor Application, students can email the completed form to Sharon Hayes at shar@uic.edu.

Need more information? Email Sharon Hayes at shar@uic.edu