Watson Institute at Brown University
Public Policy

Concentration Requirements

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/ ECON 1110 or 1130 or EDUC 1130

Prerequisite for Program Evaluation course

Ethics and Public Policy
PLCY 1400 

Prerequisite: Introduction to Public Policy

Statistics for Public Policy

POLS 1600 or EDUC 1110 
or ECON 1620 or 1630 or SOC 1100)

Strongly recommended prior to
Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

Program Evaluation
PLCY 1200 

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.

  • 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).

D. Senior Capstone (choose one option)

• Honors Thesis (PLCY 1970: two-semester
  Public Policy Colloquium)
• Independent Study 
• Public Policy Internship 
• Research Assistantship 
• UTRA Assistantship 
• 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.


*All electives must be at least 1000 level

*Two of your five electives must be listed PLCY Designated. 

*At least one course should focus on international/global policy.