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Public Policy Requirements

With 19 credit hours of coursework and connecting experiences, students may earn a BDP certificate in Public Policy. For a complete list of courses and requirements:
download the Public Policy BDP curriculum sheet (PDF).

Foundation Courses [4 hours]

  • Forum Seminar
  • Public Policy Foundation Course

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Courses in a Strand [9 hours]

  • Communication Policy
  • Community and Urban Policy
  • Economic Policy
  • Education Policy
  • Race, Immigration, and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology Policy
  • Other Public Policy

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Connecting Experiences [6 hours]

BDP advisors assist students in finding meaningful connecting research and/or internship experiences related to Public Policy.

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Integration Essay

3-4 page essay written at the end of the BDP experience, drawing together the different pieces of the BDP.

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BDP Certificate in Public Policy

Courses counting toward a BDP in Public Policy may also satisfy core, major, and elective requirements in a student’s degree plan. With planning, the BDP should not add time to students’ UT careers, but instead helps students choose the courses they already have to take in an integrated way.