College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > School of Public Service > Undergraduate > Public Policy (BA)

Public Policy (BA)

In the public policy program you’ll learn the foundations of basic policy theory and research methods. As a public policy major, you’ll also examine how public policy is formulated, implemented, and evaluated over time, while you explore notions of agenda-setting and framing of issues that lead to a problem gaining the attention of the government.

Public Policy majors take courses dealing with public policy theories, processes, methods of public policy analysis, and important environmental and urban policy issues. Under the guidance of a public policy professor, you’ll choose a public policy problem to analyze in-depth for your capstone course.

Chicago, one of the most dynamic political scenes in the United States, offers many opportunities for you to become involved in politics and policy, non-profit organizations and advocacy organizations.



  • Public Policy and Urban Issues
  • Public Policy and Environmental Issues
  • Public Policy Research Methods
  • Quantitative Public Policy Analysis
  • Applied Urban and Environmental Economics
  • Public Policy and the Political Process
  • Implementation of Environmental and Urban Policy
  • Statistics

Career Options

Common Career Areas

  • International business
  • Lobbying
  • Urban development
  • Environmental preservation/conservation work
  • Transportation planning and development
  • Legislation work/reform
  • Law
  • Human rights
More career info


of Public Policy graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

Content displayed from this DePaul University page.

Get more information

Complete the form below to receive more information about this degree program.

If the form fails to load or displays incorrectly, click here to fill out an alternate form.