The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Minor Requirements

The public policy minor requirements include a research methods prerequisite and six courses.

Students are required to complete the policymaking course, two courses in public policy methods, two courses in a policy track of a student’s design, and one public policy seminar relating to the student’s policy track.

Students who wish to pursue the minor must officially sign up for it no later than the third term prior to graduation and are encouraged to enroll during their sophomore or junior year. The six courses required for the minor may not count toward a student’s major or another minor.

Planning your minor

  • Complete the Course Selection Worksheet.
  • Prepare a one-page proposal, outlining the courses you have selected and how they form a coherent program of study.
  • Submit the minor proposal on DegreeWorks through Bannerstudent. Professor Ronald Shaiko will review the minor for approval. 

Prerequisite

One course conveying quantitative or qualitative research methods. Options include Public Policy 10, Economics 10, Government 10, Mathematics 10, Psychology 10, Sociology 10, Mathematics and Social Sciences 15, Geography 11, Geography 50, Sociology 11, or Education 11.

Requirements for the Minor

  • One policymaking process course (Public Policy 5)
  • Two public policy methods courses (Economics 20, Public Policy 40, Public Policy 41, Public Policy 42, Public Policy 43, Public Policy 44, Public Policy 45, Public Policy 47, Public Policy 48, Public Policy 49)
  • Two courses in a policy track (Courses may be selected from any department and must be midlevel or higher. (PBPL 20 and 50 level courses apply to this group)
  • One seminar-level course (Public Policy Minor seminar relevant to the chosen policy track)
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