Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Program

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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.

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:

Undergraduate Testimonial

Daniel Castaneda

"Because I am interested in local government, I chose the urban policy track. My favorite course was Local Leadership in California, a political science course taught by Dr. Ronald Loveridge. His experience as Mayor of Riverside and his passion for local government has encouraged me to continue creating change in my community. I also enjoyed Urban Problems, a sociology course taught by Dr. Christopher Schmitt, which focused on the development of cities and challenges citizens face. I love this major because the policy solutions needed today require the kind of interdisciplinary thinking that my coursework provides."

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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.

Graduation Application

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

For more information on any of the options above, please contact the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer:

 

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