The Bachelor of Science in Public Policy Analysis' curriculum provides you with extensive training in policy analysis and public finance and economics as well as classes in the concepts of public leadership and civic engagement.

The degree requires 10 core classes (30 credit hours). The majority of the core classes are taken at the Glenn College, along with one or more courses from the department of economics and additional methods course that focus on public finance and analytical methods. Students also complete a capstone research paper on a topic of their choosing. 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. Calculus is also required for B.S. students.


Degree Also Requires: ECON 2001, MATH 1151, STAT 1450 (or equivalent), 1 Additional Lab Science

Take all six courses:

  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 2110 Introduction to Public Affairs
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 2120 Public Service and Civic Engagement
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 3000 Introduction to Policy Analysis (Prerequisite: ECON 2001 and GE Data Analysis)
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 4000 Policy Evaluation (Prerequisite: PUBAFRS 3000)
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 4010 or 4020 Public Affairs Decision Making*
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 4011 or 4021 Public Affairs Analysis Application* (Prerequisite: PUBAFRS 3000)
*These courses can either be taken in Columbus or in Washington, D.C. as part of the Washington Academic Internship Program

One of the following management classes:

  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 2130 Leadership in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 3500 Public Management

Two of the following economics and finance classes:

One from Economics, one from Public Affairs:
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 4030 Public Budgeting (Prerequisite: ECON 2001)
  • PUBLIC AFFAIRS 4310 State and Local Government Finance (Prerequisite: ECON 2001)
  • ECONOMICS 4300 Government Finance in the American Economy (Prerequisite: ECON 2001)
  • ECONOMICS 4320 Public Expenditures and Cost-Benefit Analysis (Prerequisite: ECON 2001)
  • ECONOMICS 4001 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (Prerequisite: ECON 2001 & ECON 2002)

One methods course:

  • ECONOMICS 4400 Elementary Econometrics (Prerequisite: STAT 1450 or equiv.)
  • ECONOMICS 5410 Econometrics I (Prerequisites: ECON 4001 and STAT 2450 or equiv.)
  • GEOGRAPHY 5100 Spatial Data Analysis
  • GEOGRAPHY 5210 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE 4781 Data Analysis in Political Science I (Prerequisite: Math 1151 and one POLITSC course at the 3000-level or above)

General Education (GE) courses


Specialization & Minors Options


All public affairs 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) GE Bio or Physical Science with lab (4)
GE Foreign Language (4) GE Foreign Language (4)
GE Math (3-5) (MATH 1151 required) GE Social Science (Microeconomics) (3)
PUB AFRS 1100 (1) (College Survey) GE Visual/Performing Arts (3)
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
PUB AFRS 2130 or 3500 (3) (Leadership/Management) PUB AFRS 3000 (3) (Policy Analysis)
GE Writing Level 2 (3) (e.g. PUB AFRS 2367) PUB AFRS 4030 or 4310 (3) (Budgeting/Finance)
GE Foreign Language (4) GE Social Science (3)
GE Biological or Physical Science (3) GE Bio or Physical Science with lab (4)
GE Data Analysis (3) (STAT 1450 or equiv.) Specialization Course (3)
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
PUB AFRS 4000 (3) Policy Evaluation PUB AFRS 4010 (3) (Decision Making)
GE History/Cultures and Ideas (3) GE Open Option (3)
GE Open Option (3) GE Historical Study (3)
Specialization Course (3) GE Literature (3)
Specialization Course (3) Specialization Course (3)
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Methods Course (3) PUB AFRS 4011 (3) (Policy Paper)
ECON 4300, 4320 or 4001 (3) (Economics/Finance) Specialization Course (3)
Elective (3) Elective (3)
Elective (3) Elective (3)
Elective (3) Elective (3)

Declaring the Major

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