Bachelor of Science in Public Policy

The mission of the Public Policy program is to prepare students for roles as effective citizens and people who work in the public service.  We seek talented and motivated students who want to develop the knowledge, skills and values required to become responsible and visionary leaders in a wide range of settings.  While many graduates of our program choose to enter a career in the public sector or in nonprofit agencies, others make contributions to their community, state, and nation as active citizens in the civic and public arenas.

The career of the namesake of the School, Ambassador Andrew Young, illustrates how individuals can move from nonprofit organizations to public life and the private sector, while being a part of our increasingly global society.  Students in the Bachelor of Science in Public Policy program learn about the institutions of a democracy and the ways in which policy making organizations relate to one another.  Students acquire skills in policy writing, critical thinking, and analysis that are in demand by governmental agencies and nonprofit groups, as well as graduate and professional schools.  Above all, they learn how to make a difference by becoming engaged in civic and public life.

BS Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Public Policy offers 4 different concentrations for students to choose from based on their career interests:  Nonprofit Leadership, Planning & Economic Development, Public Management & Governance, and Public & Nonprofit Human Resources Policy (see links on the right of this page for detailed information about each concentration/degree requirements).  The degree is 120 credits and is extremely favorable to students to wish to change their major to Public Policy as the degree offers lots of flexibility and opportunity to absorb previous coursework from another major.  

Career Opportunities

A policy major can work as a city manager, community relations specialist, local or regional planner, policy analyst, environmental resource specialist, human resource manager, journalist, politician or campaign strategist, volunteer coordinator, nonprofit leader, or in many other exciting careers that make a difference.  

Many graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Public Policy establish careers in public service. These alumni work in a variety of agencies including federal, state, and local governments as well as a number of public agencies. Others are employed in not-for-profit organizations that address many important needs. Some alumni work in the business world, but use the knowledge and skills from their Public Policy degree to become better, more active citizens in the civic and public arenas. The degree program also provides an excellent preparation for graduate study in law, public policy and administration, and related fields.