Public Policy majors are required to complete a concentration, consisting of 15 units of coursework, in a field of applied policy analysis or advanced analytical skills. This post-core coursework must be coherent, either in the sense that the courses offer complementary perspectives on common policy issues or in the sense that the courses build on each other sequentially. Also, the coursework should apply skills acquired in one or more of the program’s core courses. Concentration coursework should, as a rule, consist of upper‐division (100‐level) courses and be taken for a letter grade. Students design their own concentration coursework with the help of their faculty advisers. The concentrations each have a list of suggested faculty advisers, all of whom are Members of Academic Council unless otherwise indicated by an asterisk.
Students must submit a concentration form before the end of Spring Quarter of the junior year listing their proposed concentration courses and a brief explanation of why these courses make sense as a concentration. This coursework must be approved by a faculty adviser and the program director. If a student chooses, the Registrar can list his or her concentration as a "Degree Subplan." Subplans are printed on the transcript and diploma and are selected in AXESS.
Below is a list of concentrations. Students also have the option of designing their own concentrations should none of the topics listed below exactly fit their interests. Clicking on the concentrations below will bring up a list courses that students in the past have used in designing concentration coursework. These classes are suggestions only; students may choose to take other courses, though all concentration courses must be discussed with and approved by the faculty adviser whether or not they are on the suggested list. Students may also propose directed reading, Overseas Studies (BOSP), and Bing Stanford in Washington (BSIW) courses.
- Advanced Policy Analysis
- Computational Public Policy
- Design of Public Institutions
- Development and Growth Policies
- Discrimination, Crime, and Poverty Policy
- Education Policy
- Health Care Policy
- International and National Security Policy
- Law and the Legal System
- Political and Moral Philosophy
- Resources, Environment, and Energy Policy
- Science and Technology Policy
- Urban and Regional Policy