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 classes below are examples of classes that would work for this theme.
  • 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. 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.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list; other courses offered by the University may be perfect for the development of your theme. Each semester you should look for relevant courses offered in the core disciplines, PhilosophyPolitical ScienceEconomics, and Psychology, as well as others that may develop your theme. The links below provide easy access to courses offered in some related disciplines, but please search beyond these for relevant theme courses! If you find a relevant course not listed below, you may petition to include the course in your theme with the PPE Associate Director's approval. Successful petitions will articulate how the course directly contributes to the way you are developing your PPE theme.

Public Policy and Governance majors may be particularly interested in events hosted by the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy.

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 032: Political Economy

PHIL 531: Social Norms

PSCI 418: Evolution, Politics, and Computer Simulation


Sample Courses  

Arts and Sciences College Courses

COMM 210: Quantitative Research Methods in Communication (QDA)

COMM 312: Big Data & Social Research

COMM 397: New Media and Politics

COMM 417: The Politics of Digital Media Policy

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 231: Public Finance

ECON 234: Law and Economics

ECON 236: Health Economics

ECON 237: Urban Fiscal Policy

ECON 241: Economic Growth

ENVS 406: Community Based Responses to Health

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 330: Politics, Power and Policy Making in DC

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 275/PPE 275: Political Psychology

SOCI 152: American Health Policy


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 211: Law of Healthcare in America

HCMG 212: Health Care Quality and Outcomes

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

For Penn Major catalog's entry on Public Policy and Governance