Public Policy and Governance

This is a theme for students interested in institutions of governance, including law and social norms.

Choosing Courses

When choosing course to develop your theme, please keep the following in mind:

  • The five thematic courses you choose should coherently work together.
  • No more than two classes taken from outside the School of Arts and Sciences can count towards your PPE major.
  • You may take more than one capstone seminar counting the additional capstones towards your theme courses.
  • Theme courses are your advanced courses in the major, and should typically be at the level of 200 and above. Consult with the PPE Associate Director if you think a lower level course is appropriate for your major, though we recommend you take these courses to fulfill sector requirements.

Sample Courses and Ways of Crafting Your Public Policy and Governance Theme

Analyzing Policy

ECON 030: Public Policy Analysis

PPE 475: Public Choice and Public Policy

CRIM 535: Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis

PHIL 277: Philosophy of the Constitution

INTR 250: Political Risk Analysis


PSCI 320: Who Gets Elected and Why?

ECON 032: Political Economy (emphasizes tradeoffs of different voting systems, median voter theorem, etc)

PSYC 275: Political Psychology

GAFL 551: Lobbying

PSCI 204: Political Participation

How Institutions Work

LGST 212: Economic Analysis of Law

PSCI 255: Causes of War and Peace

ECON 036: Law and Economics

PHIL 531: Social Norms

PSCI 418: Evolution, Politics, and Computer Simulation


Classes that automatically count for Pub Pol and Governance (other classes may be approved by emailing the Associate Director with a course description and syllabus, if available):

Arts and Sciences ("College") Courses:

COMM 312: Big Data & Social Research

CRIM 402: Criminal Justice Analytics

CRIM 535: Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis

ECON 030: Public Policy Analysis

ECON 032: Political Economy

ECON 035: Industrial Organization

ECON 036: Law and Economics

ECON 039/HCMG 202: Medical Economics: Economics and Financing of Health Care Delivery

ECON 045: Economics and Fairness

ECON 231: Public Finance

ECON 234: Law and Economics

ECON 236: Health Economics

ECON 237: Urban Fiscal Policy

ECON 241: Economic Growth

GAFL 490: Policy Making in the US

GAFL 515: Public Finance and Investment Banking

GAFL 517: Quantitative Methods in Fiscal Decision Making

PPE 401: Independent Study

PPE 498: Honors Thesis

PPE 470: Capstone Seminar

PSCI 153: International Law and Institutions

PSCI 204: Political Participation

PSCI 240: Religion and US Public Policy

PSCI 320/URBS 320/GAFL 509: Who Gets Elected and Why

PSCI 332/COMM 332: Public Opinion and Survey Research

PSCI 336: Congressional Elections and American Policy

PSCI 338: Statistical Methods in Political Science

PSCI 374: Communication and Congress

PSCI 436: Political Psychology

PSYC 247: Neuroscience and Society

PSYC 275/PPE 275: Political Psychology

REES 189: Soviet and Post-Soviet Economy


Non-College Courses (Maximum of 2 may count towards your PPE major):

BEPP 201: Political Economy of Social Policy

BEPP 206: Urban Public Policy and Private Economic Development

BEPP 230: Urban Fiscal Policy

BEPP 298: Privatization: An International Perspective

BIOE 556: Evidence in Bioethics and Health Policy

BIOE 575: The Future of the American Health Care System: Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act

CPLN 502: Urban and Regional Economics

CPLN 509: Law and Urban Development

CPLN 512: Quantitative Planning Analysis Methods

FNCE 230: Urban Fiscal Policy

HCMG 202: Economics and Financing of Health Care Delivery

HCMG 204: Comparative Healthcare Systems

HCMG 250: Health Care Policy

LAW 507: Intro to Law and Policy

LAW 514: Law and Economics

LGST 205: Law of Marketing and Antitrust

LGST 211: Legal Aspects of Healthcare

LGST 212: Economic Analysis of Law

LGST 215: Environmental Management: Law and Policy

LGST 222: Internet Law and Policy

LGST 223: Securities Regulation

LGST 299: International Economics Law

MGMT 276: Forecasting

MSSP 631: Law and Social Policy

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