BA Curriculum

Bachelor of Arts Curriculum

To earn the Batten BA, a student must complete 120 credits.

In addition to the 60-credit pre-matriculation requirement, students must complete two (2) prerequisite courses: Economics 2010 (earning a C or higher) and Psychology 2600 (earning a C or higher).

Competency Requirements 

  • First Writing Requirement (6 credits)
  • Foreign Language Requirements (14 credits)

Area Requirements

  • Humanities (3 credits: Literature or Fine Arts)
  • Non-Western Perspectives (3 credits)
  • Math & Science (12 credits)

*Note: the Batten program automatically fulfills the following Competency and Area Requirements for Batten majors:

  • Second Writing Requirement (3 credits)
  • Social Sciences (6 credits)
  • Humanities (3 credits: Moral, Philosophical, and Religious Perspectives)
  • Historical Studies (3 credits)

Major Requirements (40 credits)

Foundations of Public Policy and Leadership (9 credits)

  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • Introduction to Civic Leadership
  • Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century

Economic Analysis of Public Policy (6 credits)

  • Choice and Consequences: The Economics of Public Policy
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis of Public Policy

Political, Psychological, Ethical, and Historical Context of Public Policy and Leadership (12 credits)

  • Institutional and Political Context of Public Policy
  • Value and Bias in Public Policy
  • Comparative Policy History
  • Ethical Dimensions of Civic Life

Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

Public Policy Writing Lab (1 credit)

Special Topics (9 credits)

  • Must be at the 3000-5000 level and must be related to public policy and/or leadership.
  • At least 3 credits (one special topics course) must have the PPOL mnemonic, such as:
    • Anti-Terrorism and the Role of Intelligence
    • International Development Policy
    • White Collar Criminal Justice Policy
    • International Financial Institutions
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Wise Interventions
  • Up to 6 credits (two special topics courses) may come from other schools/departments or institutions in the U.S. or abroad, pending approval by the Office of Academic Affairs.

Where are the official academic program requirements listed?

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at