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2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Policy (BA in Public Policy)

Required Credit Hours: 33 (From Courses Below)

In addition, the implicit requirements of ECON 101  and ECON 102  add six more credits for the major.

Major Computing Requirement:

The Major Computing Requirement is fulfilled by completion of one course listed under “Statistics” and one course listed under “Second Methods Course” in the Common Core of the public policy concentration.

Major Writing Requirement:

The 490-level courses satisfy the Major Writing Requirement by achieving a grade of at least C-.

Common Core:

A major in Public Policy shall consist of a minimum of 33 semester hours selected from the courses listed below. Students take seven common core courses as follows:


Students may choose a minimum of any four courses (12 credits) to fulfill the electives portion of their major. While there are several topic areas represented, students are free to choose any courses on the list to fulfill the requirements. In addition, students may petition the Undergraduate Public Policy Committee to have a course that is not listed be approved for major elective credit.

Capstone Experience:

At least 3 credits selected from:

Accelerated Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Policy

W&M undergraduate students are able to earn both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Public Policy in five years. Candidates interested in this accelerated degree path must apply to and gain acceptance in their junior year.  See Graduate Catalog for full details.