Public Policy Studies


Welcome!  In the 1997-1998 academic year, DePaul University introduced an undergraduate interdisciplinary major in public policy studies.  The curriculum introduces students to key public policy concerns in the areas of environmental policy and urban policy, identifies fundamental conceptual tools in the development and analysis of public policies, and provides a foundation in basic policy theory and research methods. The department of Public Policy has five full time faculty,  adjuncts who return each year, and several visiting lecturers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that teach special topics courses.

Currently, there are over 100 students who major or take a minor in Public Policy Studies. Students who major in public policy studies have a variety of career options.  Traditionally, this has been a field leading to work in governmental settings, but in recent years the proliferation of community-based organizations and other non-profit groups have opened up additional occupational opportunities for students with training in specific public policy fields or public policy analysis.

Public policy is also a useful undergraduate major for students intending to pursue graduate training in law school or the social sciences such as public policy, environmental or urban studies, political science, public administration or planning.  The program has also had graduates go into economics, and business, as well as various specialized policy areas.

For more information about the program, please contact Dr. William Sampson, Chairperson, Department of Public Policy Studies via e-mail ( or by calling the Public Policy Studies office at 773.325.7715.

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