program is designed to accommodate the needs of transfer and
The public policy major prepares students for entry-level jobs in government, politics, and public affairs within public, nonprofit, or private sectors or for graduate education in law, public administration, public affairs, and public policy.
The major introduces students to the use of analytical techniques to better understand public problems and evaluate alternative solutions to those problems. Examples include income inequality, health care reform, climate change, and immigration policy. The major leads to the bachelor of science (B.S.) degree awarded by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
Students seeking the public policy major must have at least 30
credits before applying to the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and
Public Policy. Successful applicants will have completed the prerequisite
courses with a grade of C or better and have achieved an overall GPA of at
least 2.5. Please visit the school's website at https://bloustein.rutgers.edu
for more information.
Only courses with C or better may be counted
toward the major requirements. Upon
completing the major, all general education requirements, and 120 credits in
good academic standing, the student will receive the bachelor of science (B.S.) degree from the Bloustein School.
For the most current configuration of courses for this major, please see the school's website.
PUBLIC POLICY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Prerequisites (12-13 credits)
Expository Writing (3)
A 200-level or higher basic statistics course (3)
American Government (3)
Introduction to Microeconomics (3)
Major Requirements (43 credits)
Core (28 credits)
10:833:210 Principles of Public Policy (3)
10:833:215 Writing, Reasoning, and Public Policy (3)
Public Economic Policy (3)
10:775:300 Writing for Professionals (3)
of the following (3):
Principles of Public Management
Managing People and Organizations
10:775:395 Research Methods (4) Open to majors only
10:775:450 Leadership Seminar (3) Open to majors only10:775:499 Professional Practice Internship* (6) Open to majors only
Electives (15 credits)
15 additional credits of electives in 833.
General Education Requirements (27)
Please utilize Degree Navigator to choose general education courses.
Students may create their own public policy concentration (such as military policy, science policy, or technology policy) with written preapproval from the undergraduate director.
General Education Requirements (24 credits)
Expository Writing or equivalent
Fulfilled by prerequisite
|An intensive writing course ||3||Fulfilled within the major|
|College-level math ||3||Fulfilled by prerequisite|
|Arts and Humanities||3|
|Arts and Humanities||3|
Articulated 3-1-1 Program (B.S./M.P.P.)
students who wish to pursue graduate studies in public policy are encouraged to
seek advising about the 3-1-1 master of public policy (M.P.P.) program.