Brown University
Public Policy

Concentration Requirements

Brown students who matriculated prior to fall 2015 can choose between the old and new requirements.
Students matriculating fall 2015 and beyond follow the new requirements.

Public Policy – "OLD" – 10 courses

A. Core Courses (5)

Introduction to Public Policy
PLCY 0100

Ethics and Public Policy
PLCY 1700 T (or POLS 1050)

Microeconomics
ECON 1110 (or 1130 or EDUC 1130)

Research Methods
POLS 1600 (or EDUC 1110
or ECON 1620 or 1630 or SOCI 1100)

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

B. Electives (5)

  • Two courses in American Institutions
  • Two courses in Public Policy Problems
  • One course in Global Policy

Two of the five elective courses must have a
primary listing in Public Policy and one of the
five must be designated as a writing course.


Public Policy  – "NEW"  – 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 1110)

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
listed right

  • 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 from the list above
(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)

  • Engaged Scholar
  • Honors Thesis (PLCY 1970:
    two-semester Public Policy Colloqium)
  • Independent Study
  • Public Policy Internship
  • Research Assistantship
  • UTRA Assistantship

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