Brown University
Public Policy

Curriculum

Electives: Please see this link for a list of approved electives for the concentration.


Public Policy – 10 courses + capstone

A. Core Courses (5)

Introduction to Public Policy
PLCY 0100

Prerequisite for Ethics course

Economics for Public Policy 
PLCY 1600 (or ECON 1110 / 1130 or EDUC 1130)

Prerequisite for Policy Analysis and 
Program Evaluation course

Ethics and Public Policy
PLCY 1400 (or PLCY 1700 T)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Public Policy

Statistics for Public Policy
PLCY 1300; (or POLS 1600 or EDUC 1110 
or ECON 1620 / 1630 or SOC 1100)

Strongly recommended prior to 
Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
PLCY 1200 (or EDUC 1160)

Prerequisite: Economics for Public Policy
Strongly recommended: Statistics

B. Broad Policy Electives (3)*

Take three courses in three different policy areas.
Examples of some policy areas are listed right.
• Electives must be 1000 level or higher.
• Two of the electives must be PLCY.

  • Environmental Policy
  • Government, Law & Ethics
  • Health Policy
  • Social Policy
  • Technology Policy
  • Urban Policy

C. Specialization Policy Electives (2)*

Take two additional courses in one
of the policy areas you chose (total of 3 courses in 
one specialization area).

  • One elective should focus 
    on policy in the American context.
  • One elective should focus 
    on policy in an international context.

D. Senior Capstone (choose one option) 

• Honors Thesis (PLCY 1970: two-semester 
  Public Policy Colloquium)
• Independent Study (with PLCY Professor)
• Public Policy Internship (with PLCY Professor)
• Research Assistantship (with PLCY Professor)
• UTRA Assistantship (with PLCY Professor)
• Designated Senior Seminar

Internship, Research Assistantship,
and UTRA Assistantship options can take place 
during the summer of your junior year.

Find more details on the capstone page.


*Two of your five electives must be listed PLCY.

Electives: Please see this link for a list of approved electives for the concentration.