The Minor in Public Policy, offered by the Department of Political Science, combines a student's interest in their major discipline or particular societal issue with the study of how public policies are created, implemented, and how they impact specific populations. This minor is specially designed to integrate well with many disciplines in CLA and several in other colleges. Students take two specifically required courses in Public Policy combined with four policy-related electives. See the Public Policy advisor for more options such as special topics courses that might complete this requirement. This six-course program may be completed in as few as two semesters.

Minors are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

Curricular Overlap Policies

Students majoring or minoring in Political Science may count PLCY 2103/POLS 2103 and PLCY 3151/POLS 3151 towards that program.

Students in the Public Policy minor have flexibility in the electives and may count up to two courses towards another major, minor, or certificate program in the College of Liberal Arts. CLA students may count CLA courses numbered 2000-4999 towards the upper level CLA requirement. Non-CLA courses count towards free electives only.

Students may not declare this minor after application to the Accelerated Master of Public Policy (4+1) Program. Students may declare this minor and later apply to that program and no courses will double-count between the two programs.

Campus Location: Main

Contact Information

Please contact the College of Liberal Arts' Center for Academic Advising for more information on minors, certificates or other CLA programs.


This minor requires 6 courses for a total of 18 credits. The courses are distributed as follows:

Required Policy Courses
PLCY 2103Making Public Policy3
or POLS 2103 Making Public Policy
PLCY 3151Public Policy Analysis3
or POLS 3151 Public Policy Analysis
Policy-Related Electives
Select four from the following:12
College of Liberal Arts Electives
Introduction to Juvenile Justice
Victims in Society
Criminal Courts and Criminal Justice
Introduction to Corrections
Ethics, Crime, and Justice
Drugs, Crime, and Justice
Race and Criminal Justice
Police Organization and Management
The American Jury System
Community Corrections
Prisons in America
Rehabilitation of the Offender
Capital Punishment
White Collar Crime
Street-Level Criminology
Organized Crime
Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Global Security
Youth and Crime
Violence, Crime, and Justice
Criminal Gangs
Criminal Procedure: Police Phase
Criminal Procedure: Prosecution & Adjudication
Land Management and Federal Law Enforcement
Energy, Ecology, and Economy
Health Economics
Public Finance
Economics of State and Local Governments
The Economics of Education and Human Capital
Public Control of Business: Antitrust
Law and Economics
Economics of Labor Markets
Women in the Economy
Economics of Development and Growth
Energy, Ecology, and Economy
Health Economics
Environmental Law and Regulation
The Urban Environment
Geography of Natural Resources
Environmental Policy Issues
Environmental Hazards and Disasters
Sustainable Cities
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
U.S. Environmental Policy
International Environmental Policy
Health and Environment Seminar
Urban Geography
Geography of the Global Economy
Urban Systems in a Global Economy
Urban Environment
The Geographic Basis of Land Use Planning
Economic Development Planning for Cities
International Urbanization
Transportation & Culture
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
Drugs in Urban Society
Special Topics I
Special Topics II
Internship I
American State and Local Politics
Comparative Public Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy
American Constitutional Principles II: Civil Rights in America
Politics of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
The Politics of Inequality
U.S. Environmental Policy
Health Policy
Special Topics: Research Preparation Seminar (Research Prep Seminar in Public Policy)
Sociology of Law
Sociology of Education
Immigrant America: Belonging and Integration
Social Movements and Conflict
Social Inequality
Urban Sociology
Methods in Program Evaluation
Electives from other colleges at Temple:
Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
Natural Disasters: Response and Recovery
Politics and Payments in US Healthcare System
Introduction to Human Resource Management
Corporate Sustainability: People, Profits & Planet
Power, Influence and Negotiation
Human Resource Management and Public Policy
Total Credit Hours18