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 Social Work Practice
Public Policy
Select two or three of the following:6-9
Economic Policy:
Law And Economics
Econ Forecasting & Analysis
International Trade
Econ of Environment
Public Finance
Health Care Economics
Environmental Policy:
Sustainable Earth
World Regional Geography
Forest History and Restoration
Environ Decision Making
Environment & Society
Coastal Zone Management
Environmental Policy
Environmental Sociology
International Social Work
Foreign Policy:
Us-World Power sc 1898
Relation US Latin Amer
Special Topics In PSC (Transnational Politics or International Institutions) 1
Amer Foreign Policy
Internatl Polit Econom
Seminar Political Science
Health Care Policy:
Pop., Health & Human Origins
Health and Inequalities
Culture, Health, & Healing
Intro Clinical Medicine
Rural Envir/Occup Health
Basic Epidemiology
Health Policy & Planning
Life & Health Insurance
The Politics of Health Policy
National Security Policy:
The "Good War"
Survey of Military History
War & Religion in the West
War And Peace
Terrorism and Political Islam
Internatl Conflict
Political Economy of Security
Social Welfare Policy and Services:
History Social Welfare US
Growing Old In America
Juvenile Delinquency
Family & Child Welfare
Oppression & Soc Injustice
Soc Wel Policy & Services
SW Practice with Communities
Trade Policy:
Monetary Theory & Policy
Monetary Theory & Policy
Urban Policy:
Industrial Develop & Location
Commun Facil Planning
Land Use Regulations
Urban Planning And 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.