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 and earn a C or higher in two (2) prerequisite courses: ECON 2010 (or equivalent) and either LPPL/PPOL 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 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)

  • 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
    • Global Humanitarian Crisis: Dilemmas, Leadership and Action
    • Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
    • Introduction to Social Policy
  • 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.

last updated 3-8-18

Where are the official academic program requirements listed?

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