The Sanford School of Public Policy is a vibrant, dynamic community of thinkers and doers who are dedicated to leaving the world a better place.

The public policy major offers many exciting opportunities. We teach courses in a broad array of areas, including education and social policy, health and population, environment and energy, international development, global governance and security, civil society, and leadership and ethics.   

Rigorous coursework provides students skills in political and economic analysis, knowledge about how to lead people and organizations, and a strong ethical foundation for decision-making. As a liberal arts major, public policy studies teaches students to read critically, think analytically, and write concisely.

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Internships

All students apply their public policy skills in an internship where they tackle important social issues like human trafficking, climate change, and criminal justice reform. Vivian Luo PPPS ’19 lobbied for reproductive health on behalf of a reproductive rights coalition.

Internship Requirements

Featured Centers and Initiatives

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DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy

Duke University’s hub for journalism and media studies. 

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Duke Program in American Grand Strategy

For Duke students interested in national security policymaking.

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Hart Leadership Program

Helping students discover the power of leadership for public life.

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Polis: Center for Politics

Committed to increasing our understanding of politics locally, nationally, and globally.

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Exciting Opportunities

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Duke in DC

The Duke in DC program offers a unique and exciting opportunity to live, study, and work in the nation’s capital.

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Geneva Program

Program prepares students to tackle the world’s most pressing policy challenges. Exceptional undergraduates may apply.

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Duke in Glasgow

Study at one oif Scotland's four ancient universities. Sponsored by the Sanford School and Duke's Global Education Office for Undergraduates.

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Certificate Option: Child & Family Policy

Sponsored by the Center for Child and Family Policy, this certificate builds students’ knowledge of child and family issues and provides academic tools to engage in research that informs policy and practice.

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Certificate Option: Policy Journalism & Media Studies

This certificate is for students preparing for careers in media policy, journalism, and related professions. Sponsored by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.

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Public policy majors are an exciting and diverse group of students with keen intellects and the "outrageous ambitions" to match.

Christina Gibson-Davis, Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Christina Gibson-Davis is the director of undergraduate studies at the Sanford School.

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