The Public Policy Undergraduate Program at UCR


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/minor allows you to specialize in two of six tracks:

  • health/population policy
  • social/cultural/family policy
  • economic policy
  • urban/environmental policy
  • policy institutions and processes
  • international/foreign policy

Courses from 12 departments can be used to satisfy the program requirements: anthropology, economics, environmental sciences, ethnic studies, film and visual culture, history, political science, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, sociology, and women’s studies.

The public policy major/minor 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.

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