Undergraduate Programs

Why Batten?

A Batten public policy degree is a multidimensional asset that allows you to turn your passion for serving the greater good into real and lasting change. We seek to cultivate ethical, enlightened policy leaders who exemplify excellence and lead with curiosity, humility, and purpose. We stand distinguished by teaching and fostering effective, value-based leadership. Our graduates aren’t just earning a degree in public policy — they’re making significant strides toward becoming the dynamic leaders the world demands.

Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership

Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership

The coalescence of a multidisciplinary liberal arts degree and practical experience, this program initiates students to the many facets of public policy—from the economic and political to the psychological and cultural.

Minor in Public Policy and Leadership

Minor in Public Policy and Leadership

Our minor emphasizes substantive knowledge, analytical rigor and meticulous research skills — all designed to prepare students for careers across the sectors.

"Whether on the battlefield, in the classroom, or in a board meeting, Batten taught me to lead from anywhere."

Griffin Horter (BA '15)
Investment Associate, Inverness Graham Investments; Cavalry Scout, PA Army National Guard
Michael Russell

Alum spotlight: Michael Russell (BA '16)

The skills Russell obtained at Batten served him well while interviewing with senior leadership of the National Basketball Association. Now, as an associate in their Global Partnerships Department, he finds creative ways to integrate other organizations within their business.

Catalyze Your Career

From research institutions and think tanks to the Peace Corps and the private sector, our highly sought-after alumni base makes a lasting impact on employers across the globe.

From Rigor to Research

Our dedicated, well-rounded faculty have paved the way for the Batten School to become a university-wide asset, facilitating research, trainings, and meaningful exchanges throughout UVA.