USC Price School of Public Policy

B.S. in Policy, Planning, and Development Curriculum

Professor LaVonna Lewis with Price undergraduates

USC Price Core Courses (30 units)

Introduction to our Field: Gateway Courses

  • Public Policy and Management (PPD 225) – 4 units
  • Urban Planning and Development (PPD 227) – 4 units

Contextual Courses

  • Citizenship and Public Ethics (PPD 240) – 4 units
  • Urban Context for Policy and Planning (PPD 245) – 4 units

Skills and Methodology Courses

  • Statistics for PPD (PPD 303) – 4 units
  • Government and Business (PPD 357) – 4 units
  • Public Policy and Planning Analysis (PPD 373) – 4 units

Practical Application

  • PPD Practices: Internship Seminar (PPD 301) – 2 units
  • Internship (140 hours)

NOTE: All core, track, and capstone courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher.

USC Price Bachelor Degree Tracks (28 units)

Choose one:

Capstone (4 units)

  • UPPD Laboratory (PPD 431) – 4 units

or

  • Senior Thesis (PPD 497) – 2 units/2 units

Pre-Major Requirements (8 units)

These courses must be completed once a student has earned 16 units of PPD coursework. A grade of C or better is required.

  • Introduction to Mathematics for Business and Economics (MATH 117) – 4 units
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 203) – 4 units

Required Electives (26 units)

  • Minor
  • Second Major
  • Courses of special interest

General Education (24 units)

Writing Requirement (8 units)