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 Requirements33-36
Core Program Requirements46
Electives38-41
Total Hours120

Basic and General Education Requirementsa

Required Courses
DLG 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 110
STAT 101
College Algebra
and Introduction to Statistics
8
ECON 120Principles of Microeconomics c4
Understanding the Past course d3
Understanding the Creative Arts course d3
Exploring World Cultures course d3
Analyzing the Natural World course d3-5
One elective course from any General Education Core category d3
Total Hours33-36
a

The University General Education requirement is a total of 24 hours distributed across the six categories. Two required courses in the major are approved for General Education and count toward the student’s 24 hours of General Education courses, including the Understanding U.S. Society category.

b

Required for new freshmen only.

c

This course meets the General Education course requirements for Understanding the Individual and Society.

d

Consult the General Education section for lists of approved courses in each of these General Education categories.

 Core Program Requirements

Required Courses
PA 100Individual Action and Democratic Citizenship b3
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 4053
PA 490Field Experience in Public Administration4
Three Policy Specialization courses at the 200-level and above c9
Total Hours46
a

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

b

This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category. Two courses 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 Requirements38-41
Total Hours38-41

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 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 (e.g. communication policy) with consultation and approval of their advisor. 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
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
Environmental Policy
Environmental Policy
Topics in Sustainability and Energy
Energy for Future Decision-Makers
Practices for Sustainable Cities
Environmental Chemistry a
Health Policy
Public Health and Global Citizenship
Health Equity and Health Disparities
Health Systems, Health Policy
Health Economics
Health and Medicine
Foreign and Global Policy
International Development Policy in a Globalized World
Introduction to United States Military History
United States Foreign Policy
International Security
International Law
International Relations Theory
Social Welfare Policy
The American Safety Net
International Development Policy in a Globalized World
Racial and Ethnic Groups b
Social Inequalities b
Sociology of Politics b
African Americans and the Politics of Incarceration b
a

Prerequisite is CHEM 232.

b

Has prerequisite of SOC 100 or SOC 105; both courses meet the Understanding the U.S. Society General Education requirement.

Sample Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterHours
DLG 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar 1
MATH 110 College Algebra 4
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
PA 100 Individual Action and Democratic Citizenship 3
POLS 101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
 Hours14
Second Semester
STAT 101 Introduction to Statistics 4
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
ECON 120 Principles of Microeconomics 4
General Education course 3
General Education course 3
 Hours17
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
General Education course 3
General Education course 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
PA 211 Policy Analysis and Alternatives 3
General Education course 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 405 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Policy Specialization course 3
Policy Specialization course 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
PA 490 Field Experience in Public Administration 4
Policy Specialization course 3
Elective 3
Elective 4
 Hours14
 Total Hours120