Public Policy (Minor)

The minor in Public Policy at UMass Boston is designed to provide effective public policy training for individuals presently or prospectively involved in the public, nonprofit, or private sectors. Although based in the Political Science Department, the minor in Public Policy offers an interdisciplinary approach to public policy. The aim of the minor is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental elements involved in the public policy process and the analytical skills (evaluative and quantitative) necessary to make informed judgments about both the policy-making and implementation processes and substantive policy outcomes. The minor does not substitute for a regular major (or any other graduation requirements), and students in all majors, not just Political Science, can complete the Public Policy minor.

Requirements for the Political Science Minor

Minors are required to complete a total of eight courses, distributed as follows:

All Public Policy minors are required to take three core courses. In addition, Public Policy minors must complete five elective courses drawn from at least three of the following areas, one of which must be Ethics and Public Policy:

• Ethics and Public Policy
• Urban and Regional Policy
• Environmental Policy
• Developmental Policy
• Social Welfare Policy
• Public Administration and Management

Students may select as many as three courses from any one area. In fulfilling the eight-course requirement, however, no more than four courses may be taken from any one department. Students may not apply more than two courses at the 100-level towards the Public Policy minor, and at least two courses must be taken at the 300 or 400 level, not including a 300-level course used to satisfy the statistics requirement. In addition, Public policy minors may not apply more than one course for the minor towards their major.

The following list of courses, offered by various departments, may be counted towards the minor in Public Policy, conditional, of course, on fulfilling the core and area requirements. Due to course changes each year, this list should be regarded as incomplete. Students should use it as a base for formulating a tentative study plan. To make actual course selections each semester, consult the updated list available in the Political Science Department office (W-5-70) or from Professor Erin O’Brien.

Public Policy Minor Worksheet