BA in Public Policy

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Public Administration degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. Elective courses may have prerequisites.

Summary of Requirements
General and Basic Education Requirements33-34
Core Program Requirements45
Electives41-42
Total Hours120

Basic and General Education Requirementsa

Required Courses
CC 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar b1
ENGL 160
ENGL 161
Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts
and Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
6
MATH 121
MATH 165
Precalculus Mathematics
and Calculus for Business c
10
ECON 120
ECON 121
Principles of Microeconomics
and Principles of Macroeconomics d
8
Understanding the Past course e3
Understanding the Creative Arts course e3
Exploring World Cultures course e3
Total Hours33-34
a

The University General Education requirement is a total of 24 hours distributed across the six categories. A required course in the major is approved for General Education and counts toward the student’s 24 hours of General Education courses.

b

Required for new freshmen only.

c

MATH 165 meets General Education course requirement for Analyzing the Natural World.

d
These courses meet the General Education course requirements for Understanding the Individual and Society and Understanding U.S. Society.
e
Consult the General Education section for lists of approved courses in each of these General Education categories.

 Core Program Requirements

Required Courses
POLS 101Introduction to American Government and Politics a,b3
ECON 220Microeconomics: Theory and Applications3
PA 210Introduction to Policy Process a3
PA 211Policy Analysis and Alternatives a3
PA 230Nonprofit Organizations in U.S. Society a3
PA 300Introduction to Urban Policy Processes3
PA 303Urban Government I: Managing the Internal Environment3
PA 305Urban Government II: Managing the External Environment3
PA 309Public Budgeting and Financial Management3
PA 421Public Management3
PA 496Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs I: Public Administration3
PA 497Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs II: Public Administration3
Three Policy Specialization courses at the 200-level and above c9
Total Hours45
a

This course is approved for the Understanding U.S. Society General Education category. One course from the major will count toward the university requirement of a total of 24 hours of General Education courses.

b

This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category. One course from the major will count toward the university requirement of a total of 24 hours of General Education courses.

c
Options for three-course specializations are listed below. Students may choose from these lists or customize their own three-course specializations. All specializations must be approved by the undergraduate program coordinator in the Department of Public Administration.

Electives

Courses
Electives required outside the Basic and General Education and Core Program Requirements41-42
Total Hours41-42

If any of the three-course specialization classes have prerequisites that are not already covered in the Basic and General Education Requirements, students should choose electives that also serve as prerequisites for their specialization courses. For example, students interested in specializing in Applied Economics should take ECON 270 as one of their electives because ECON 270 is a prerequisite for several of the Economics courses listed below. Similarly, students interested in a Health Policy specialization must take PUBH 100, PUBH 110, and PUBH 120 as prerequisites for PUBH 310, PUBH 330, and PUBH 350. PUBH 100 is a U.S. Society course and PUBH 110 is a World Cultures course, so each one can fulfill General Education requirements as well. Check the Course Descriptions for prerequisite requirements for all courses.

Course Options for Public Policy Specializations

Students may choose any 200-, 300-, and 400-level courses for the 9 hours in specialization requirement. The following groups of courses are offered as guidance to students who may have an interest in any of the educational paths shown below. Students may choose a specialization from the list or customize their own. All specializations must be approved by the undergraduate program coordinator in the Department of Public Administration, who will seek endorsement from the appropriate department(s) offering the advanced course work. Students interested in pursuing a minor in any of these areas should refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for further requirements not listed here. Consult the Schedule of Classes for terms during which courses are offered. The Department of Public Administration does not determine course offerings in other departments.

Specialization Course Options
Communication
The Mass Media and Politics
Communication and Culture
Organizational Communication
Criminology, Law, and Justice
Law and Society
Criminology
Criminal Justice Organizations
Economics, Applied
Students are encouraged to take ECON 270 to prepare for this area
Economics of Education
Health Economics
Macroeconomics in the World Economy: Theory and Applications
Public Finance
Government and Business
Labor Economics
Urban Economics
Economic Development
Environmental Policy
Education Policy
Education Policy Foundations
Contemporary Controversies in U.S. Schools
Philosophy of Education and Urban School Policy
Policy Issues in the History of American Education
Politics of Urban Education
Economics of Education
Gender and Women's Studies
Comparative Social Movements
Gender and Society
Gender in Latin America
Global Asian Studies
Asian American Histories
Asia and Asian Americans
Cultural Politics of Asian American Food
Health Policy
Public Health and Global Citizenship
Health Equity and Health Disparities
Health Systems, Health Policy
Health Economics
Health and Medicine
History
The Worker in American Life
Topics in Urban History
History of Chicago
Information and Decision Sciences
Intro to Management Information Systems
Business Project Management
Internet Applications in Business
Project Management
Data Management
Management of Information Technology in Government
Civic Technology
Military Science
Introduction to United States Military History
Adaptive Leadership
United States Foreign Policy
International Security
International Law
International Relations Theory
Political Science
Chicago's Future
State Government
Political Interest Groups
Political Parties
Voting Behavior and Elections
U.S. Congress
History of American Capitalism
The Judicial Process
Governing the Megalopolis
The Constitution and Civil Liberties
Topics in Public Law
Law and Public Policy
Sociology
Social Inequalities
Sociology of Politics
Urban Sociology

Sample Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterHours
CC 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar 1
MATH 121 Precalculus Mathematics 5
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
ECON 120 Principles of Microeconomics 4
POLS 101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
 Hours16
Second Semester
MATH 165 Calculus for Business 5
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
ECON 121 Principles of Macroeconomics 4
Understanding the Past, Creative Arts, or World Cultures course 3
Understanding the Past, Creative Arts, or World Cultures course 3
 Hours18
Sophomore Year
First Semester
PA 210 Introduction to Policy Process 3
PA 230 Nonprofit Organizations in U.S. Society 3
ECON 220 Microeconomics: Theory and Applications 3
Understanding the Past, Creative Arts, or World Cultures course 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
PA 211 Policy Analysis and Alternatives 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Junior Year
First Semester
PA 300 Introduction to Urban Policy Processes 3
PA 303 Urban Government I: Managing the Internal Environment 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
PA 305 Urban Government II: Managing the External Environment 3
PA 309 Public Budgeting and Financial Management 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Senior Year
First Semester
PA 496 Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs I: Public Administration 3
Elective 2-3
Elective 3
Policy Specialization course 3
Policy Specialization course 3
 Hours14-15
Second Semester
PA 497 Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs II: Public Administration 3
PA 421 Public Management 3
Policy Specialization course 3
Elective 3
 Hours12
 Total Hours120