School of Humanities and Sciences
An interdisciplinary program that engages students in the process of evaluating policy options and outcomes.
What You'll Study
The Public Policy undergraduate major the develops the skills necessary to assess the performance of alternative approaches to policy implementation, evaluate the effectiveness of policies, understand the political constraints faced by policy makers, and appreciate the conflicts in fundamental human values that often animate policy debates.
As an interdisciplinary program, the major includes coursework in economics and quantitative methods, political science, law, philosophy, ethics, organizational behavior, and social psychology. It is composed of four main components: preparatory, core, concentration, and senior capstone. The preparatory courses provide a strong foundation in economics, math, and psychology while the core delves deeper into policy implementation and evaluation. Students apply the skills gained in those classes in one of several areas of concentration. The concentration addresses a specific field of public policy, various types of institutions, or a deeper development of the tools of policy analysis. Seniors go on to complete the capstone either by participating in a practicum, a team policy research project for an outside client, and/or by writing an honors thesis.
The undergraduate major in Public Policy prepares students to participate effectively in policy and political discussion as citizens and as para-professionals in a variety of fields, to fill entry-level positions in policy research projects and organizations, and to pursue graduate studies in law, management, the health professions, and a variety of academic disciplines, including economics and political science.
- Public Policy Program
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- Learn more about Public Policy in the Stanford Bulletin