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


The public policy minor requires the completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours, plus a 3 credit hour prerequisite course in microeconomics that may be overlapped with the general education. Two required courses provide an overview of public policy and policy analysis, with students choosing two other courses that further hone their understanding of the policy-making process. Students also take a course that focuses on an applied policy issue 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. Courses may come from any department but must be approved by the minor advisor in advance. Students may also count approved department internship credit for this requirement pending advisor approval.

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 distinct 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, Overlap between minors: Each minor completed must contain 12 unique hours.
Grades required:
  • Minimum C- for a course to be listed on the minor.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio required for the minor.
  • Course work graded Pass/Non-Pass cannot count on the minor.
  • No more than 3 credit hours of courses graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory may count toward the minor
Approval required: The minor course work must be approved by the Glenn College.
Filing the minor program form: The minor program form must be filed at least by the time the graduation application is submitted to the student’s college

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