The minor in law and public policy draws upon four fields of study: public policy and management, law, economics, and political science. It provides students an understanding of the political and economic contexts in which laws are made as well as how legal institutions shape policy. Students analyze the consequences of policy and alternatives; the roles played by government, business and nonprofit organizations in public decision making; and the legal basis for various areas of public policy.
Students minoring in law and public policy take 20 units, including the gateway class, PPD 225 Public Policy and Management, and one elective. The latter enables the student to focus on a specific area of law.
***To ensure completion of minor on time, make sure to complete the required courses before taking the elective courses, and take note of which semester the PPD courses are offered because not all PPD courses are offered every semester***
Students are required to take the following courses:
POSC 340 Constitutional Law (Spring)
Development of constitutional law by the courts; leading cases bearing on major constitutional issues; the federal system; powers of government; civil liberties.
PPD 225 Public Policy and Management: 4 Units (Fall, Spring)
Institutions, legal context, and processes of public policy and management. Contemporary theories of public policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. Public managerial challenges and reform.
PPD 314 Public Policy and Law: 4 Units (Spring)
Institutional foundations and analysis of public policy issues; policy formulation and implementation; application of theories; case analyses.
PPD 315 Analytic Foundations for Public Policy: 4 Units (Fall)
Qualitative methods of analysis; ethical and political implications of policy choices; issue diagnosis and policy design skills; critical reasoning and ethics; policy leadership.
Additionally, students select from one of the following:
* Prerequisite may be required for some courses
To declare this minor program, please click here.
To learn more about this minor program or to declare it, please contact:
Sarah Esquivel, Associate Director of Recruitment and Admission
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 111
Los Angeles, California 90089-0626