Public Policy

About the public policy major

Policy studies combines the disciplines of government studies at all levels with leadership, nonprofit management, social science, and community development. You can also choose classes built around your specific interests, such as the environment, city government and planning, metropolitan development, or other areas.

Skills and abilities this major develops: strategic planning, critical thinking, and leadership.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Law and public policy
  • Management science
  • Nonprofit and voluntary sector
  • Policy processes in the United States
  • Political action and civic engagement
  • Public management

Possible careers

  • Corporate public affairs specialist
  • Government relations representative
  • Legislative analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Researcher
  • Strategic planner

Where could I work?

  • City government
  • Government offices
  • Indiana state legislature
  • State government

Enterprise, Policy, and Planning Cluster

This major is part of the Enterprise, Policy, and Planning (EPP) cluster. The EPP cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing or interested in business; economics; labor studies; organizational leadership; public and environmental affairs; sport management; and tourism, conventions, and event management.

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