Public Policy & Leadership Minor Curriculum

Rooted in the social sciences, the minor focuses on public policy issues and decision-making processes through instruction in economic, political, historical and psychological factors in public policy formulation and application. The minor consists of a core curriculum and specialized courses that emphasize substantive knowledge, analytical rigor, and research skills. It also introduces students to leadership theory and concepts. Current University of Virginia undergraduates not enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Leadership major can apply for admission once they have completed the prerequisites. The Public Policy and Leadership Minor consists of 18 distinct credit hours of coursework with no double counting of courses with a student’s major or second major.


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).

Minor Requirements (18 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

Analysis of Public Policy (3 credits)

  • LPPA 4240: Research Methods and Data Analysis of Public Policy

Special Topics (6 credits)

  • 2 courses from the following list, all courses must be at the 3000 level or above
  • At least 3 credits (one special topics course) must be directly related to the student’s policy area of interest. Ex:
    • Global Humanitarian Crisis: Dilemmas, Leadership and Action
    • Anti-Terrorism and the Role of Intelligence
    • International Development Policy
    • Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
    • Introduction to Social Policy
  • 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


Last updated 3-8-18

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