Undergraduate minor in public policy

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Our minor in public policy is a competitive-admissions program designed to 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 application for fall 2024 is now closed.


Who should apply?

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 Businesses, the School of Information, the School of Public Health, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, School of Kinesiology, School of Education, and School of Music, Theatre & Dance are eligible to apply to the minor.

Learn more about the application process.

Curriculum requirements

There are no course prerequisites to apply to the minor. Completing the BA minor in public policy will consist of 16 credits:

Professor Shobita Parthasarathy leads a discussion in the Betty Ford Classroom

Learn more about our faculty experts

Alongside their critical work as teachers and mentors, Ford School faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized experts in vitally important policy areas. And they're deeply engaged in the world of practice. They include senior government advisors, current and former members of the Council of Economic Advisers, leaders of international nonprofits, and more.
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For prospective students, please use this calendar to schedule appointments.

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