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Curriculum

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Curriculum

Major Requirements

1.

Lower-division requirements

5 courses - at least 20 units

a) PBPL 001 (Introduction to Public Policy Analysis)

b) PBPL 002 (Politics and Public Policy)

c) ECON 003 (Introduction to Microeconomics)

d) PBPL 004 (Ethics, Professionalism, and Public Policy)

e) 1 course chosen from HIST 017B (Introduction to United States History), HIST 020 (World History: Twentieth Century) or SOC 020 (American Society)

2.

Upper-division requirements

12 courses - at least 48 units

a) ECON 101 (Statistics for Economics), POSC 114 (Theory and Methodology of Political Science) or STAT 100A (Introduction to Statistics)

b) PBPL 101 (Case Studies in Public Policy)

c) 10 courses chosen from 2 tracks, with no more than 7 courses from 1 track.

 

3.

Public Policy Seminar/Colloquia

Must enroll in PBPL 191 (Seminar in Public Policy). Includes attendance at public lectures to the campus community given by outside speakers — typically policy makers, administrators and researchers — on timely and important policy issues facing the Inland Empire, the state, the nation, and the world.

 

4.

Domestic or International Policy Practicum

Must undertake a policy practicum PBPL 198-I (Individual Internship in Public Policy), which consists of an internship (paid or voluntary) on a policy issue or problem with a local, state or federal government agency, nonprofit or for-profit organization, a trade association, a labor/trade union, or a public-affairs firm. Students enrolled in the UC Riverside Washington Academic Program, the UC Center at Sacramento program or the Education Abroad Program can apply that experience toward the policy practicum requirement, and do not need to undertake a separate internship.

5.

Senior Thesis (for Honors candidates only)

Students who have an outstanding academic record in their course work during the first three years of the program can become candidates for Honors in Public Policy during the spring quarter of their junior year. All honors candidates must enroll in a two-quarter senior thesis seminar PBPL 195H (Senior Honors Thesis) that will culminate in a written thesis covering a real policy problem of the student’s choice. The thesis project could grow out of the practicum experience.

Minor Requirements

1.

Lower-Division Requirements

4 courses - at least 16 units 

The following 3 core courses are required of all students enrolled in the public policy minor. These courses can be used to satisfy college breadth requirements. 

a) PBPL001 (Introduction to Public Policy Analysis)

b) 1 course chosen from: ECON 005 (Data Analysis for Economics and Business), PSYC011 (Psychological Methods: Statistical Procedures), SOC 005 (Statistical Analysis), STAT 040 (Elements of Statistics), STAT 048 (Statistics for Business), HIST 017B (Introduction to United States History), HIST 020 (World History: Twentieth Century)

c) 1 course from: ECON 003 (Introduction to Microeconomics), PHIL 002 (Contemporary Moral Issues), PHIL 003 (Ethics and the Meaning of Life), POSC 010 (American Politics), POSC 015 (Comparative Politics)

2.

Upper-Division Requirements

6 courses - at least 24 units - chosen from two tracks

3.

Public Policy Seminar/Colloquia 

During the junior and senior years, students will be required to enroll in PBPL191 (Seminar in Public Policy) which will include attendance at public lectures to the campus community by outside speakers – typically policy makers, administrators and researchers – on timely and important policy issues facing the Inland Empire, the state, the nation, and the world. 

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