Public Policy (833)

The major in public policy (833) was introduced at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in the fall of 2013. The public policy major prepares students for entry-level jobs in government, politics and public affairs within public, non-profit, or private sectors, or for graduate education in public administration, public affairs, and public policy. 

The major introduces students in the use of analytical techniques to better understand public problems and evaluate alternative solutions to those problems. Examples include income inequality, health care reform, climate change, and immigration policy. To pursue the major, students must apply and be admitted to the Bloustein School. Completion of the public policy major leads to a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree.

Students seeking the minor in public policy may declare it without applying for admission to the Bloustein School.

Students may transfer up to 60 credits into the program. The public policy major requires 46-47 credits, 24-25 of which are included in the General Education requirements, for a total of 70-72 program requirements. The awarding of the preprofessional bachelor of science (B.S.) degree requires a minimum of 120 credits.

Public Policy Major Requirements 

General Education Requirements (24-25 credits)

01:335:101 Expository Writing or equivalent course in general composition 3
01:355:102, 01:355:201 or TR:T10:WRI Research in the Disciplines or equivalent course in research composition 3
  01:640:100+ or any college-level math course 3
  Any two natural sciences courses including biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, meteorology, or physics


  Any two arts and humanities courses 3,3
  Any history course 3

Major Requirements (46-47 credits)

Prerequisites (12-13 credits)  
10:762:101 Intro to Planning, Policy, and Health 3
10:762:205 Basic Statistical Methods or equivalent 3-4
01:220:102 Intro to Microeconomics 3
01:790:104 American Government 3
Major Requirements (13 credits)  
10:833:215 Writing, Reasoning, and Public Policy 3
10:762:220 Public Economic Policy 3
10:762:305 Principles of Public Policy 3
10:762:395 Research Methods (prerequisite 10:762:205 Basic Statistical Methods (4) or equivalent (3-4) 4
Internship and Professional Development (9 credits)  
  A pre-approved management course  (see adviser for options) 3
10:833:400 Professional Practice Internship OR 
10:833:403, 404*  Public Policy Honors Thesis I and II (3,3) 
(prerequisites 10:762:305 Principles of Public Policy AND 10:762:395 Research Methods (4)
Public Policy Concentration (12 credits)
Students select 12 credits in ONE of the concentrations below. Students may also create their own public policy concentration (such as military policy, science policy, or technology policy) and apply up to three policy-related courses from other programs with written approval from the undergraduate program director.
  Using Policy to Alleviate Poverty and Inequality
  10:762:225  Human Development and Public Policy (3)
  10:762:303  Poverty in Developing Nations (3)
  10:762:304  Poverty in the United States (3)
  10:762:310  U.S. Housing Policy (3)
  10:762:324  Social Movements (3)
  10:762:330  Local Tax and Spending Policy (3)
  10:762:331  Urban Social Policy (3)
  10:762:335  Gender, Family, and Public Policy (3)
  10:762:421  Community Development (3)
  10:762:444  American Land-Use Policy (3)
  10:762:480  Ethics for Planning and Public Policy (3)
  Using Policy to Improve Health and the Environment
  10:762:340  Aging and Public Policy (3)
  10:762:351  Addictions Policy (3)
  10:762:451  Environmental Policy and Regulation (3)
  10:762:462  Human Rights and Health (3)
  10:762:471  Globalization and Sustainability (3)
  10:762:473  Transportation Policy (3)
  10:762:476  Immigration Policy and Health (3)
  10:762:480  Ethics for Planning and Public Policy (3)
  10:832:335  Epidemiology (3)
  10:832:338  Health and Public Policy (3)
  10:832:413  Health Disparities (3)
  10:832:416  Mental Health and Society (3)
  10:832:483  Protecting Public Health and the Environment (3)




Public Policy Minor Requirements (24-25 credits)

Completion of the minor in public policy requires 18-19 credits. Students must complete 12-13 credits of required courses, and two elective courses (6 credits total). Students seeking the minor in public policy may declare it without applying for admission to the Bloustein School. Only courses with a grade of C or better can be counted toward the minor. Students may only take on ONE minor at the Bloustein School.

Public Policy Course Listing


Articulated 3-1-1 Programs (B.A. or B.S. / MPP)

Exceptional, well-prepared students from any Rutgers-New Brunswick matriculating unit who wish to study urban planning are encouraged to seek advising about the 3-1-1 master of public policy (M.P.P.) program. 

* Available as an option to internship for students with a GPA of 3.4 or better and recommendation of a faculty mentor.

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The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy was established in 1992 to provide a focus for all of Rutgers' programs of instruction, research, and service in planning and public policy. Since its inception, the Bloustein School has emerged as one of the nation's key centers for the theory and practice of planning and public policy scholarship and analysis. Edward J. Bloustein, Rutgers' former president, constitutional scholar, active citizen, philosopher and teacher, lived a life of civic engagement that the school seeks to perpetuate through the contributions of its faculty, staff and students.


For additional information on about the Bloustein School's undergraduate programs, please contact either of our counselors:

Christina Miller
Coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services
Bloustein School Civic Square Building; Room 183
Phone: (848) 932-2726

LaToya Fendrick
Coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services
Phone: (848) 932-2701