The John Glenn College of Public Affairs offers a minor in Public Policy. Public policy refers to the actions taken by government entities to solve public problems and the resulting impacts. This minor introduces students to the study of public policy, policy analysis and the policy-making process—an excellent vehicle for integrating ideas drawn from multiple disciplines around issues of real-world significance. The Public Policy minor is designed for students with majors outside of the Glenn College.


The Public Policy program minor requires the completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours in addition to the 3 credit hour prerequisite course in microeconomics that may be overlapped with the general education. The minor combines two overview courses with two courses that cover more focused areas of practice in the policy-making process. Students also take a course in an applied policy issue in their area of interest.


Economics 2001.01/2001.02 or AED Economics 2001: Introduction to Microeconomics

Public Policy Core (6 hours)

Take Both of the Following Classes:
  • Political Science 3115: Introduction to the Policy Process
  • Public Affairs 3000: Policy Analysis

Policy-Making Core (6 hours)

Take two of the following:
  • Public Affairs 2110: Introduction to Public Affairs
  • Public Affairs 3500: Public Management
  • Public Affairs 4000: Policy Evaluation
  • Public Affairs 4010: Public Affairs Decision Making—Columbus
  • Public Affairs 4020: Public Affairs Decision Making—Washington, DC
  • Public Affairs 4021: Policy Analysis Application—Washington, Dc
  • Public Affairs 4310: State and Local Government Finance
  • Public Affairs 4510: Law and Public Affairs
  • Economics 4001.01/.02/.03: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • Economics 4300: Government Finance in the American Economy
  • Economics 4320: Public Expenditures and Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Economics 4400: Elementary Econometrics
  • Economics 5410: Econometrics I
  • AED Economics 5330: Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • Political Science 3100: American Politics and Policy Making
  • Political Science 3450: Ethics and Public Policy
  • Political Science 4115: Bureaucracy and Public Policy
  • Political Science 4125: American State Politics
  • Political Science 4130: Law and Politics
  • Political Science 4137: The Politics of Legal Decision Making
  • Political Science 4175: Women, Government, and Public Policy
  • Political Science 4591: Seminar in Public Policy

Applied Policy Course (3 hours)

Students choose one 3 credit hour course, at the 3000 level or higher, focusing on a substantive policy area such as education, natural resources, economic development or security. The course may be selected from any department with prior approval from an assigned minor academic advisor.  An approved department internship may also serve as credit.

Public Policy minor program guidelines

Required for graduation: No
Credit hours required: A minimum of 15.
Transfer credit hours allowed: A student is permitted to count up to 6 total hours of transfer credit and/or credit by examination toward the minor.
Overlap with the GE permitted: Up to 6 hours.
Overlap with the major:
  • The minor must be in a different subject than the major.
  • Each minor completed must contain a minimum of 12 hours apart from the major and/or additional minors (i.e. minors that require more than 12 credit hours may overlap those hours beyond 12 with the major or with another minor).
Grade requirements for earning a minor:
  • Minimum C- for each course.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio.
  • Coursework graded pass/non-pass do not count as a credit completion.
  • 3 credit hours of courses graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory are accepted.

Approval requirements:The minor coursework must be approved by the Glenn College.

Filing the minor program form: The minor program form must be filed at the same time the graduation application is submitted to the student’s major college.

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