Admission into the Minor

Students are expected to formally declare a minor by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

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Minor Courses
Intro Public Policy
American Public Policy
Political Contect of Public Policy
Select one of the following:3
Intro American Politics
State & Local Govt
Amer Legislative Syst
Fiscal Policy & Budget
Comparative Pub Policy
Economic Analysis
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Microeconomics
Intermediate Microeconomics
Research Methods or Data Analysis
Select one of the following:3
Educational Statistics
Research Methods
Engineering Statistics I
Intro Geographic Info Systems
Marketing Research
Political Science Methods
Statistical Data Analysis
Research for Social Work Practice
Public Policy
Select two or three of the following:6-9
Economic Policy:
Law And Economics
Economic Forecasting & Analysis
International Trade
Political Economy of Terrorism
Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
Public Finance
Seminar on Economic Issues
Health Care Economics
Environmental Policy:
Sustainable Earth
World Regional Geography
Forest History and Restoration
Environ Decision Making
Environment & Society
Environmental Management
Coastal Zone Management
Environmental Sociology
International Social Development
Foreign Policy:
Us-World Power sc 1898
Relation US Latin Amer
Special Topics In Psc (Transnational Politics or International Institutions) 1
For Pol Sov Un Suc State
Amer Foreign Policy
Internatl Polit Econom
International Organizations
Seminar Political Science
Health Care Policy:
Population, Health & Human Origin
Gender Ethnicity & Health
Culture, Health, & Healing
Intro Clinical Medicine
Rural Envir/Occup Health
Basic Epidemiology
Health Policy & Planning
Life & Health Insurance
Legal Aspects of Health Care
Theories of Justice
The Politics of Health Policy
National Security Policy:
The "Good War"
Survey of Military History
War & Religion in the West
War And Peace
Internatl Conflict
Political Economy of Security
Social Welfare Policy and Services:
History of Social Welfare in the United States
Growing Old In America
Juvenile Delinqency:Causes, Control, and Services
Family & Child Welfare
Oppression & Soc Injustice
Social Welfare Policy & Services
SW Practice with Communities
Trade Policy:
Monetary Theory & Policy
Monetary Theory & Policy
Government & Business
Urban Policy:
Principles Of Planning
Industrial Develop & Location
Commun Facil Planning
Land Use Regulations
Urban Planning And Analysis
Region Planning Analysis
Transport Geography
Inpendent Study (Optional)
Independent project under the direction of a faculty member, as approved by the minor advisor.3-6
Total Hours18-24

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the minor is required. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of six hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the minor must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary Courses

This minor does not require ancillary courses.

Additional Minor Requirements

The public policy studies minor requires a minimum of 18 hours. Students must take three hours from each of the following four areas for a total of 12 hours:

  1. Introduction to Public Policy
  2. The Political Context of Public Policy
  3. Economic Analysis
  4. Research Methods or Data Analysis

The remaining six hours may be completed by taking courses in public policy or independent study sections as outlined above.


Public policy studies is an interdisciplinary minor, which pulls courses from various academic departments on campus. The prerequisite rules outlined in the course descriptions apply to all those included in the minor curriculum.