Public Affairs Minor

To enter the Public Affairs minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better and complete Public Policy 10A with a grade of B or better. For more information, contact the program director/counselor by e-mail.

Required Core Courses (8 units): Public Policy 10A and one course from 10B, C101, 102, C119, 125, Honors Collegium 82, Social Welfare 191, Urban Planning 120, 121 or, by petition only, another applied policy course. Highly recommended: one statistics and one microeconomics course.

Required Upper-Division Courses (20 units): (1) Three courses from one of the following clusters: (a) gender and multiculturalism cluster — Public Policy M120, Social Welfare 101, M104C, Urban Planning 141, M175; (b) labor and work cluster — Public Policy 141, 145, 148; (c) policy studies cluster — three upper-division public policy lecture/seminar courses (191A may be repeated for credit with topic change); (d) social welfare cluster — three upper-division social welfare lecture courses (fieldwork and internship courses such as Social Welfare 130A and 130B may not be applied); (e) urban policy and planning cluster — three upper-division urban planning lecture courses (129 may be repeated for credit with topic change); or (f) by petition, a cluster of upper-division policy courses proposed by the student; (2) one elective course offered by the Luskin School of Public Affairs not used to satisfy the core or cluster requirement; (3) capstone project to be completed during the senior year that may be satisfied by one of the following: (a) Public Policy 187, (b) Political Science M191DC or M194DC, (c) Civic Engagement 105SL, or (d) by petition another upper-division applied policy course that requires a substantial term paper.

Fieldwork and internship courses, such as Social Welfare 130A, 130B, and Urban Planning M165, may not be applied toward the minor. No more than three of the cluster and elective courses may be from a single department, and no more than two may be from outside the school.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.