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.
Visions of a Better Future
"'Perceive the world not as it is but what it can be.' This motto is behind my decision to choose a public policy major. Hailing from a refugee community, I often ask myself how policy recommendations can uplift my community. I hope to gain a multidisciplinary education that will allow me to support communities and futures limited only by the extent of one’s dreams."
– Thang Lian PPS’25. Thang’s family emigrated to the US from Myanmar.
Featured Centers and Initiatives
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.
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.
Co-sponsored by the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy, this certificate is for students interested in how policy relates to health care and its effect on the economy, society, governments, and the private sector.
Our public policy major teaches students how to apply policy knowledge to real-world problems. Our community of faculty scholars, staff and students make Sanford such an exciting place to be.
Nathan Boucher, Director of Undergraduate Studies