New for Fall 2021

The new Minor in Civic Analytics designed to address a need for training in data analytics and advanced information technology applications for the public sector. The curriculum combines coursework in practical and theoretical foundations of civic and government technology with skills in coding, data collection, and visualization. Graduates are taught to apply data-driven solutions to public problems faced by government agencies and nonprofits and respond to the regulatory and social problems that arise from the use of information technology. The program serves to expand data science instruction across the department’s curriculum, complementing its new Master of Science in Civic Analytics program. The undergraduate minor is also directed at diversity deficits in the technology field, helping to develop a more diverse group of people with basic skills and interests in data science applications in the public sector.

The Minor in Civic Analytics is open to all undergraduate students. Students must meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.50/4.00 at the time of application. Students must submit a request form online. Students must also consult their home colleges about the acceptability and applicability of CUPPA course credits toward their degrees.

Students must complete 15 semester hours as outlined below.
Core Courses (9 hours)

• PPOL 105: Programming and Data Analysis for Public Policy I (3)
• PPOL 210: Introduction to Public Policy (3) OR PPOL 300: Urban Policy and Process (3)
• PPOL 220: Introduction to Civic Technology (3)

[Note: When students complete both PPOL 210 and PPOL 300, PPOL 300 may be applied as an elective (listed below).]

Electives: (Choose at least 6 hours)

PPOL 205: Programming and Data Analysis for Public Policy II (3)
PPOL 210: Introduction to Public Policy (3)
PPOL 212: Evidence-Based Public Policy (3)
PPOL 296: Special Topics in Public Policy (3)
PPOL 300: Urban Policy and Process (3)1
PPOL 303: Bureaucracy and Public Policy (3)
PPOL 307: Policy Analysis III: Identifying and Developing Alternatives (3)
PPOL 396: Special Topics in Public Policy (3)
PPOL 405: Advanced Topics in Policy Analysis: Evaluating Public Policies and Programs (3)

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