Minor in Public Policy & Leadership

Minor in Public Policy & Leadership Curriculum

Program: Minor. Impact: Major.

Don't let the name fool you. Our minor in Public Policy and Leadership is anything but. Open to University of Virginia undergraduate students, this program is rooted in the social sciences. The minor examines public policy issues and decision-making processes through instruction in economic, political, historical, and psychological factors in public policy formulation and application. The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level professional careers in government and the non-profit sector, as well as graduate study in law, business, journalism, and other professional programs. Employers and graduate schools recognize a completed minor as indicative of broader preparation than a single degree and a sign of curiosity and eagerness to learn. The underlying model of policy analysis enriches and complements a variety of undergraduate specializations.

Our core curriculum tackles the basics, while specialized courses place an emphasis on substantive knowledge, analytical rigor, and research skills. They also introduce students to the leadership theory and concepts the field requires. The minor consists of 18 distinct credit hours of coursework with no double counting of courses with a student’s major or second major or second minor. For students interested in a double minor with Batten and another program, your second minor must be in the College of Arts and Sciences (that is, you cannot double minor at Batten and any other School except for the College).


Students must complete and earn a C or higher in two (2) prerequisite courses: ECON 2010 (or equivalent) and social psychology (either LPPL 2600 OR PSYC 2600 (or equivalent)).

Minor Requirements (18 credits)
Foundations of Public Policy and Leadership (9 credits)

  • LPPP 2200 (previously LPPP 3200): Introduction to Public Policy
  • LPPL 3210: Behavioral Sciences for Civic Leadership (previously Introduction to Civic Leadership)
  • LPPP 3230: Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century

Analysis of Public Policy (3 credits)

  • LPPA 3640: Research Methods and Data Analysis of Public Policy

Special Topics (6 credits)

  • 2 courses at the 3000-level or above related to public policy and/or leadership. Pending approval by the Director of Academic Programs, students may take up to 3 credits (one course) offered in other departments or through study abroad toward the special topics requirement. 

Example courses include: 

  • LPPS 3240: Anti-Terrorism and the Role of Intelligence
  • LPPP 3250: International Development Policy
  • LPPS 3295: Global Humanitarian Crisis: Dilemmas, Leadership and Action
  • LPPS 3050: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
  • LPPL 3450: Resilient Leadership for Teams and Teammates
  • LPPA 4250: Choice and Consequences: The Economics of Public Policy
  • LPPP 4200: Institutional and Political Context of Public Policy
  • LPPL 3255: Value and Bias in Public Policy
  • LPPP 3260: Comparative Policy History
  • LPPP 4210: Integrating Ethics in Public Policy
Minor in 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.