Undergraduate programs

Applications to our competitive minor in public policy are open from April 1 – May 15.
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Undergraduate studies at the Ford School are based in social science disciplines such as sociology, economics, and political science-layered with analysis of and engagement with real-world public challenges.

Our coursework emphasizes teamwork, writing, analysis, and class participation. Ford School undergraduate students become full members of our close-knit community, and work in small groups with some of the University of Michigan's top faculty members.

At a glance


Bachelor of Arts in public policy

Minor in public policy


Description Provides U-M students with knowledge and skills to analyze policy problems, understand the stakes, and create viable solutions. Layer a U-M degree—engineering, sociology, business, or organizational studies, for example—with perspectives from the lens of public policy. 7-week summer program for juniors across the U.S. to prepare them for graduate programs in public policy and international affairs.
Total pubpol credits 30; 120 total degree credits 8-12; 16 total credits to fulfill N/A
Number of students per cohort 80 20-25 24

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