*Curriculum information here effective Fall 2020. For those admitted prior, please click here.
Includes 2-units of internship and 4-units of capstone
20 units of required track courses, 8 units of track electives
Select one of the following tracks:
Cross-cutting topics courses (required)
Students will be required to take 4 units of a cross-cutting topics course. It is taken preferably junior year after completion of the core curriculum. Students may select a course from the list below. If a student uses a course to satisfy a requirement or elective that has already been taken in the track requirements, it cannot be double-counted as the cross-cutting course. The cross-cutting course must be a different course.
Students must have 90 units to pursue the capstone options.
1. PPD 431 Undergraduate Policy, Planning and Development Studio (4-units) — Studio class, four-units, designed to be project based, experiential or service learning, and integrative across multiple tracks.
2. PPD 497ab Senior Thesis (2-units each) — Students engage in a track-spanning research project, with a professional or academic paper as the final deliverable. Students wishing to enroll in PPD 497a and PPD 497b must have a 3.7 GPA in PPD courses and an overall 3.5 GPA.
Students beginning college starting in Fall 2015 or later (32 – 40 units)
Students beginning college before Fall 2015 (28 units)
Public Policy majors are required to complete 140 hours of internship by enrolling in PPD 301.
PPD 301 and the internship in a position provide numerous opportunities to develop and formulate future career goals, as well as to gain personal and professional experience while completing the undergraduate degree.