Minor in Public Policy

A professor speaking to a class

The 24-credit hour public policy minor delves into economics and U.S. government and policy in addition to core discipline material. Core courses include Comparative Politics, American Politics and Government, Economics and either Scope and Methods or Visualization and Modeling Politics. 

Public Policy Minor Course Requirements  

With Capitol Hill and the White House as neighbors, GW is the ideal place to study political science. Inside the classroom, students learn from a faculty of leading experts in policy issues, political behavior, and current events. Outside the classroom, there are ample opportunities to intern on the Hill, on political campaigns, or at government agencies. Students interested in public policy may wish to add this focus to their major. By examining politics in-depth on both a national and international scale, program graduates are well prepared to enter a variety of careers in research, public affairs, public policy, and political campaigns. A number of graduates also decide to continue their education through graduate work or law school.

The minor in public policy is not available to political science majors.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 24 credits, including 15 credits in required courses and 9 credits in elective courses.

ECON 1011Principles of Economics I
ECON 1012Principles of Economics II
PSC 1001Introduction to Comparative Politics
or PSC 1001W Introduction to Comparative Politics
PSC 1002Introduction to American Politics and Government
or PSC 1002W Introduction to American Politics and Government
PSC 2101Scope and Methods of Political Science *
or COMM 3110 Research Methods in Communication
or IAFF 2101 International Affairs Research Methods
or PSC 2102 Visualizing and Modeling Politics
or PSYC 2101 Research Methods in Psychology
or PUBH 3199 Topics in Public Health
or SMPA 2151 Research Methods
or SOC 2102 Techniques of Data Analysis
Three courses (9 credits) selected from the following:
PSC 2212State and Urban Policy Problems
PSC 2213Judicial Politics
PSC 2216The American Presidency
PSC 2217Executive Branch Politics
PSC 2218Legislative Politics
PSC 2219Political Parties and Interest Groups
PSC 2222Science, Technology, and Politics
PSC 2224Issues in Domestic Public Policy
PSC 2240Poverty, Welfare, and Work
PSC 2241The Politics of Education Policy
PSC 2446U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 2468Post-Soviet Foreign Policy

*If a course other than PSC 2101 is selected an additional PSC course must be taken to fulfill this requirement. PUBH 3199 must be taken under the topic "Research Methods in Public Health" to count toward the research methods requirement.