Major and Concentration

Requirements for Major in Public Policy

  • Five units: Economics and Management 101, 230 or 230H, and 322 (or the Political Science equivalent of 322); Political Science 101 and 216
  • One unit in statistics chosen from among Economics and Management 235, Mathematics 109 and Mathematics 210.
  • One unit in research methods chosen from among Anthropology and Sociology 224, Economics and Management 379 and Political Science 201.
  • Two units, which must be taken in two different departments, chosen from the following restricted electives related to public policy:
    Anthropology and Sociology 345, 370
    Economics and Management 232, 273, 323, 331, 353, 354, 375
    Philosophy 206, 301, 303, 304, 308, 335
    Political Science 214, 220, 319, 322, 323, 324
    One or two units of approved selected topics courses or seminars (Anthropology and Sociology, Economics and Management, or Political Science 289, 389, or 402)
  • One unit chosen from: (1) an approved internship (Anthropology and Sociology, Economics and Management, Political Science, or Public Service 392); (2) Honors thesis for credit in anthropology and sociology, economics and management, political science, or public service; or (3) an approved directed study (Anthropology and Sociology, Economics and Management, Political Science, or Public Service 412). This requirement may also be satisfied by similar experiences in other relevant departments with the approval of the Ford Institute director.
  • A substantial paper and an oral presentation on a topic related to public policy. This paper and presentation will be completed as part of the requirements for Economics and Management 322 or the Political Science equivalent.

Students who enroll in the Washington Semester program at the American University can receive up to two units of credit toward the requirements of the public policy major, subject to the approval of the chair of the Public Policy Committee.

Requirements for Concentration in Public Policy and Service

  • A minimum of seven units including the following. Note: Students must be admitted to the Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service to pursue this concentration.
  • PBSV 101, Introduction to Public Service. (Required for first year.)
  • Political Science 101, 216
  • At least one unit selected from Communication Studies 241, 245; English 203, 205, 207, Economics and Management 101, one semester of modern language at the 200-level or above
  • At least one unit selected from Philosophy 201, 202, 206, 301, 302, 303, 304, 308, or Religion 242
  • Internship (one unit)
  • PBSV 397, Senior Colloquium (to be taken during spring of senior year)
  • All courses for the concentration must be taken for a numerical grade, except those offered only on a credit/no credit basis.