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Public Policy Minor

Understand how policy is created and implemented and, most importantly, how it impacts our communities. 

Public policy, the actions governments take to enact change, have impacts on many aspects of life including health, education, economics, civil rights and national security. While drawing ideas from other disciplines and real-world public problems, the Public Policy minor introduces the policymaking and policy-analysis processes. 


Connect your passion to policy by learning skills such as analysis, management and public finance.

This minor is designed for students outside of the Glenn College. 

Economics 2001.01/2001.02 or AED Economics 2001: Introduction to Microeconomics (note: this course is not a prerequisite for declaring the minor, but it is required prior to taking Public Affairs 3000)

Take both of these courses

Public Affairs 2110: Introduction to Public Affairs OR Political Science 3115: Introduction to the Policy Process
Public Affairs 3000: Policy Analysis

Take two of the following courses

  • 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, D.C.
  • Public Affairs 4021: Policy Analysis Application — Washington, D.C.
  • 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 Policymaking
  • 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

Students choose one three-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.

Additional Program Detail

Declaring the Minor

  • To add a minor at the Glenn College, contact the advising office.
  • The minor coursework must be approved by the Glenn College. Once the minor program is filed in the college office, any changes to coursework must be submitted for approval. 
  • The minor program form must be filed by the time the graduation application is submitted to a college/school counselor.

Credit Hour Requirements and Transfers


  • This program is not required for graduation.
  • A minimum of 15 credit hours are required for completion.
  • A minimum of six credit hours must be at the 3000 level or above.


  • A student is permitted to count up to six total hours of transfer credit and/or credit by examination toward the minor.


  • Three credit hours may be overlapped between this minor and a major or another minor. 
  • G.E. overlap is permitted up to six total hours.

Requirements for completion

Grade requirements for earning a minor:
  • Minimum C- for a course to be listed on the minor.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio required for the minor.
  • Coursework graded Pass/Non-Pass cannot count on the minor.
  • No more than three credit hours of courses graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory may count toward the minor.

Glenn College minors help you make a major impact.