The Bachelor of Arts in Management, Leadership, and Policy curriculum is designed to develop your skills in the areas of public management, leadership, and policy while providing additional training in data analysis, economics, and public finance.

The major requires 10 core classes (30 credit hours). The majority of the core classes are taken at the Glenn College, with one required course from the department of political science, and the option to take an additional course from the department of economics. New freshman students take Public Affairs 2110 during their first semester on campus. Existing students should take Public Affairs 2110 soon after declaring the major. General education courses in microeconomics and statistics are prerequisite requirements for some of the upper-level finance and analysis classes. Students also complete a capstone research paper on a topic of their choosing.


Course Pre-requisites: Economics 2001.01 and a Data Analysis General Education course
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 2110 Introduction to Public Affairs
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 2120 Public Service and Civic Engagement
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 2130 Leadership in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 3000 Introduction to Policy Analysis
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 3500 Public Management
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 4030 Public Budgeting
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 4011 or 4021 Public Affairs Analysis Application
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 4310 or ECONOMICS 4300/4320 Choose a Government Finance Course
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 4000+ Choose any additional Public Affairs course at the 4000-level
  • POLTICAL SCIENCE 3000+ Choose any additional Political Science course at the 3000-level
*These courses can either be taken in Columbus or in Washington, D.C. as part of the Washington Academic Internship Program

General Education (GE) courses


Specialization & Minors Options


All public affirs majors write a capstone research paper during their senior year. This can either be accomplished through a class capstone class in Columbus (Public Affairs 4011), participation in the Washington Academic Internship Program (Public Affairs 4021), or through the completion of an independent research thesis. In all options, students have the opportunity to delve deeply into a policy or management issue that is of special interest to them and produce a substantial piece of original research. Recent capstone papers topics have included:

  • Food access/mapping in Columbus
  • Social Security reform
  • Gun violence and art
  • Mental health in Ohio
  • School breakfast in Central Ohio
  • Racial bias in student loans
  • Lake Erie pollution
  • Health care in India

Sample Degree Plan

Autumn Semester Spring Semester
PUB AFRS 2110 (3) (Intro to PA) PUB AFRS 2120 (3) (Civic Engagement)
GE Writing Level 1 (3) POL SCI 3000+ (3)
GE Foreign Language (4) GE Foreign Language (4)
GE Math (3-5) GE Social Science (Microeconomics) (3)
PUB AFRS 1100 (1) (College Survey) GE Biological or Physical Science (3)
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
PUB AFRS 2130 (3) (Leadership) PUB AFRS 3500 (3) (Public Management)
GE Writing Level 2 (3) (e.g. PUB AFRS 2367) PUB AFRS 3000 (3) (Policy Analysis)
GE Foreign Language (4) GE Social Science (3)
GE Bio or Physical Science (3) GE Bio or Physical Science with lab (4)
GE Data Analysis (3) Specialization Course (3)
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
PUB AFRS 4310 or ECON 4300/4320 (3) (Public Finance) PUB AFRS 4030 (3) (Public Budgeting)
Specialization Course (3) GE Open Option (3)
GE Open Option (3) GE Historical Study (3)
GE Visual/Performing Arts (3) GE Literature (3)
GE History/Cultures and Ideas (3) Specialization Course (3)
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
PUB AFRS 4000+ (3) PUB AFRS 4011 (3) (Policy Paper)
Specialization Course (3) Specialization Course (3)
Elective (3) Elective (3)
Elective (3) Elective (3)
Elective (3) Elective (3)

Declaring the Major

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