Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy & Leadership

Pursue Your Policy Passion

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership is a unique, multidisciplinary liberal arts program focused on understanding how public policy decisions are made. Students will develop firm grasp of how civic leaders in government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector contribute to collective problem solving—knowledge that will serve the future leaders of public policy greatly in any pursuit. 

This program pairs a liberal arts degree with practical experience to prepare graduates for a variety of jobs in the government, education, nonprofit and private sectors. It also allows for easy progression to advanced degree programs in law, business, journalism and the social sciences.

Students typically apply for admission in their second undergraduate year and will have earned at least 60 credits prior to matriculation in the fall of entry to Batten. In order to graduate with the Batten BA, a student must complete 120 credits. 


In addition to the 60-credit pre-matriculation requirement, students must complete and earn a C or higher in two (2) prerequisite courses: ECON 2010 (or equivalent) and social psychology (either LPPL 3100 OR PSYC 2600 (or equivalent)).

The Batten School General Education Requirements are the same as the UVA College of Arts and Sciences. The Batten School will accept students from Echols or any of the three general education curricula (traditional curriculum, new College curriculum, or the forum curriculum).

*Note: the Batten program automatically fulfills the following Competency and Area Requirements from the Traditional curriculum 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)
•        LPPP 3200: Introduction to Public Policy
•        LPPL 3210: Introduction to Civic Leadership
•        LPPP 3230: Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century
Economic Analysis of Public Policy (6 credits)
•        LPPA 4250: Choice and Consequences: The Economics of Public Policy
•        LPPA 4240: Research Methods and Data Analysis of Public Policy
Political, Psychological, Ethical, and Historical Context of Public Policy and Leadership (12 credits)
•        LPPP 4200: Institutional and Political Context of Public Policy
•        LPPL 3260: Value and Bias in Public Policy
•        LPPP 3255: Comparative Policy History
•        LPPP 4210: Ethical Dimensions of Civic Life
Capstone Seminar (3 credits) – LPPP 4991
Public Policy Writing Lab (1 credit) – LPPP 3001
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 Batten School mnemonic, such as:
o        LPPS 3240: Anti-Terrorism and the Role of Intelligence
o        LPPP 3250: International Development Policy
o        LPPS 3295: Global Humanitarian Crisis: Dilemmas, Leadership and Action
o        LPPS 3050: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
o        LPPL 3450: Resilient Leadership for Teams and Teammates 
•        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.

BA Public Policy and Leadership

* 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.