Public policy courses prepare students to address some of the world's most significant challenges by teaching them the knowledge and skills to analyze policy problems, understand the complexities of issues, and create viable solutions through public policy. As part of our public policy program, students pursue a second major in conjunction with public policy studies, allowing them to focus on an area of interest while gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation for policy in that area. Students can choose from programs such as history, international studies, sociology, economics and journalism. 

Gain insight into the procedures and decision-making processes of local, state and federal governments and how to positively affect those processes. Graduates have gone on to enroll in some of the best graduate and law schools in the U.S., apply their studies to the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and work as legislative aides for the U.S. Congress or as staff assistants for various branches of government. 

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Program Requirements

Double Major

Public policy majors also complete a second major. Popular choices include political science, economics, history, sociology, international studies and communications/journalism. With that being said, you are welcome to combine your public policy degree with any other major at DU.


Core Courses

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    Analysis and Action

    An analytical introduction to how American public policy is actually made.

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    Analytical and Critical Skills

    Analyze competing points of view using empirical techniques and statistical inference. 

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    Federal Budgetary Policy

    Gain knowledge of the basics of government fiscal planning through a simulation of the federal budget process.

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    Evidence and Logic in Public Policy

    Access the actual decision-making process within the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.

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    Power and Policy

    Learn about the historical development of American 20th-century policy trends.

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    Economics for Policy

    Core topics include consumer choice, choices in the public and private sector, the role of private self-interest and more. 

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    The Supreme Court and Public Policy

    Examine the policy-making role of the Supreme Court. 

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Featured Faculty

Naazneen Barma

Naazneen Barma

Associate Professor; Director, Scrivner Institute of Public Policy

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Lapo Salucci

Lapo Salucci

Teaching Associate Professor

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Martin J. Rhodes

Professor; Director, PhD Program

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Application Information

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