Major Requirements

There are no prerequisites in order to declare the Public Policy Studies major. However, there is a flow to the major requirements and advance planning is important in order to complete the major. 

All public policy core and elective courses must be taken for credit and cannot be taken as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. (Formerly Pass/Fail)


PUBPOL 155D (previously 55D): Introduction to Policy Analysis -- This course is a prerequisite for all of the the core courses except STATS 101 and is the gateway course for the major.

PUBPOL 301 (114): Political Analysis for Public Policy

PUBPOL 302 (116): Policy Choice as Value Conflict or PUBPOL 330/GLHLTH 210 Global Health Ethics

PUBPOL 303 (128): Microeconomic Policy Tools or ECON 201D (55): Intermediate Microeconomics

STATS 199L Introduction to Data Science and Statistical Thinking -- STATS 101-1, 102, 104, 111 or 130 may substitute for STATS 199L.


PUBPOL 304 (132): Economics of the Public Sector -- Note: students who have taken Econ 201D cannot take PUBPOL 303 (128).

History Elective – Choose an elective from this list. -- Note: the history elective must be taken on campus at Duke; it cannot be a transfer or study abroad course.


4 PUBPOL Electives at the 160-699 level (one of which MUST be a 401-699 level course)


Students must register for PUBPOL 120 during the semester they are participating in the internship experience. Most students will register for this course during the summer session.  See the Student Handbook for more detailed information on the internship requirement.


Questions? Please contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for help

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Suzanne Pierce

Student Services Coordinator

Suzanne Pierce is the Student Services Coordinator for the Public Policy Undergraduate Program.  She has over 24 years of experience at Duke University working with undergraduate students.