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Public Policy Minor

Basic Structure of the Program

  • Coordinated by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, the Public Policy Minor is open to students from all majors and provides a coherent program of study in the field of public policy, broadly defined.
  • The minor draws on faculty and courses in the social sciences and interdisciplinary programs and aims to provide perspectives on policy questions, knowledge of the policy process, and a critical understanding of policy issues and solutions.
  • Students may select a customized policy track or design one of their own choosing.  Possible tracks include: domestic economics, education, environment, health, identity, institutions and organizations, international relations, law, and urban issues.
  • The prerequisite for the minor is one course in quantitative or qualitative research methods (such as ECON 10 , GOVT 10, PSYC 10, GEOG 11 or 58, or SOCY 10).  An additional six courses are required for the minor: one policymaking process course (PBPL 5), two public policy methods courses (Econ 20, PBPL 40-49), two courses in a policy track, and one public policy seminar relevant to the chosen track.
  • (See for a list of PBPL and cross-listed courses that comprise the various tracks.)
  • An incoming first-year student should begin with PBPL 5, which is designed as a gateway offering for students interested in pursuing studies in public policy.  It serves as a prerequisite for many upper-level courses in public policy.
  • The Rockefeller Center has established the "First-Year Fellows Program," which aims to provide students with opportunities to engage in public policy early in their Dartmouth careers.  The program is comprised of coursework, extra curricular involvement, and off-campus/leave term opportunities.
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Courses for the Student with Little or No Background Who Wants to Explore Public Policy

  • PBPL 5: Introduction to Public Policy

Current Enrollments, Class Size, and Distributives


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Last Updated: 9/6/13