Despite the popularity of public policy master's programs at U.S. universities, undergraduate public policy majors and minors are not commonly found at most colleges. Only a handful of universities around the country - Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, USC, and Brown - offer such programs. Indeed, UCR is the only UC campus to offer a public policy major. (UCLA offers a minor - but not major - in public policy).
The UCR public policy major, housed in the UCR School of Public Policy, will provide you with a set of research, analytical, and management skills that are transferable across sectors and across issue areas. Thus, it will prepare you for a career not only in public service (federal, state, and local government agencies) but also at not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.
Policy Tracks: Which are the Right Ones for You?
Gain the research, analytical, and management skills you need for a future career in public policy at the only UC campus to offer an undergraduate program in public policy. Public policy majors can specialize in two of six policy tracks.
Study and learn solutions for challenges such as the opioid crisis, the childhood obesity epidemic, and making health care affordable, among many others.
Study and learn solutions for various issues facing societies, cultures, and families, such as crime and criminal justice, labor rights, and race and immigration, among numerous others.
Study governmental interventions on the economy, including on such as issues as government spending, tax reform, subsidizing farmers, and increasing tariffs on imports, among many others.
Learn about issues such as sustainability of cities, climate change, air and water pollution, waste management, preserving wildlife and natural resources, and many others.
Understand the role of various institutions in how policies are made.
Learn about policy issues that transcend borders such as countering violent extremism, human rights issues, nuclear nonproliferation, and global trade, among others.
Resources for Student Success
The UCR School of Public Policy is committed to ensuring the success of our public policy majors during the course of their studies and after they graduate. Learn about some programs and resources available to our students:
Unit Max Requests
If you wish to enroll in more than 20 units for the Spring quarter you must wait until the 17 unit max is lifted on March 6 and then send me an email with your proposed schedule (include units). If you are on good standing and your cumulative GPA is above a 2.0, I will adjust your max units to your proposed units.
Students planning to graduate Spring 2019 must submit their graduation application (on Rweb) by 4 p.m., March 1, 2019. Missing this deadline may delay your graduation/degree conferral. Details: registrar.ucr.edu/graduation-guide