Minor in Public Policy
Starting fall 2020, the Ford School will offer University of Michigan undergraduates a 16-credit minor in public policy.
The public policy minor will make the critical thinking and analytical skills taught at the Ford School available to more Michigan undergraduates.
Students enrolled in the minor will learn to design and analyze public policies using a range of social science perspectives; think critically, and write and communicate clearly about policy issues; engage on social issues with people from diverse backgrounds and design policy solutions from diverse perspectives; and productively participate in debates about social problems and potential policy solutions.
The minor has also been designed to add diversity of interests, training, and backgrounds to the Ford School community and classes. The ideal student for the Ford School minor will be committed to some other important discipline—engineering, sociology, business, or organizational studies, for example—and seeking to layer their education with perspectives from the lens of public policy.
Students in LSA, the College of Engineering, the Ross School of Business, the School of Information, and the School of Public Health are eligible to apply to the minor.
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The minor will have a competitive application process that will be open from April 1 – May 15, 2020, and will consist of an online form, resume, transcript, and two short essays (200 words each). The school expects to enroll around 25 students in the first year.
Students with sophomore or junior status at the time of application are eligible to apply, including students who applied for the Ford School’s BA in public policy but were not admitted. All applicants will be notified of the minor admission decision by mid-June 2020.
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The BA minor in public policy will consist of 16 credits:
- PUBPOL 201: Systematic Thinking: Problems of the Day (4 credits)
- PUBPOL 320: Politics and Public Policy (4 credits)
- PUBPOL 310: Understanding Public Policy Using an Economics Framework (4 credits). (This course is designed for those students who have not taken Econ 101. If a student has taken Econ 101, they can substitute another Ford School elective in place of PubPol 310.)
- 4 credits of elective courses
- View a list of elective classes