Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development


The Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development

Opportunities abound for students in the Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development program at USC Price. This high-ranking interdisciplinary major offers multiple tracks, allowing students to hone their talent on challenging societal problems they want to solve.  Students cultivate and apply their knowledge within a wide array of immersive experiences.  Price undergraduates complete their program uniquely prepared for graduate study and/or a professional career.

USC Price provides a highly supportive environment to live, learn, and lead. Students develop the skills to become effective problem solvers, who approach today’s complex issues with critical perspective. At Price, you have opportunities to participate in experiential learning labs; intern at top organizations in the public, private, and non-profit spheres; develop relationships with leading professionals; and engage with diverse neighborhoods across Southern California — a region that has long been at the forefront of America’s most influential public policy.

What Sets USC Price Apart?

  • Core Knowledge + Cross-Cutting Courses
    Today’s policy issues don’t fit neatly into boxes.  Price courses connect students across major fields, illuminating context in such interrelated areas as citizenship and the city, economics, and policy analysis.  Price students graduate with proven competencies to:

    • Demonstrate a deep understanding of policy dynamics.
    • Evaluate enduring problems inherent to organizations across sectors, along with the proposed solutions.
    • Analyze data and impact, particularly that which is building the new digital city.
    • Test theories resulting from quantitative and qualitative reasoning — in real-world settings — and develop the resiliency to refine these theories in a way that creates maximum impact.
    • Apply knowledge, internship experience, and professional networks to solving problems in Southern California and beyond.
  • Work with Faculty Researching Critical Topics
  • A Capstone Experience brings your studies all together
  • Day-one Preparation to Start Your Career or Advance to Graduate Studies
  • Our Progressive Degree Program allows select students to earn an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree from USC Price in just five years.
  • Lifelong membership in the unmatched Trojan Alumni Network