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Students in Public Policy 154 visit Sacramento

Students in Public Policy 154 visit Sacramento 

The Public Policy Program offers a minor that provides undergraduate students with interdisciplinary training in applied social sciences.

Students who pursue the minor are required to take the courses listed below in Public Policy and its supporting disciplinary departments. Because University rules prohibit double-counting non-introductory courses, the requirements for a minor differ according to the student's major requirements. All students must take, without double counting, at least six courses for three units each toward the minor. It is required that students review their course plans with a program administrator. Students are permitted to double-count ECON 1. At most, 10 units of course work may be taken as credit/no credit. Between ECON 102A and ECON 102B, no more than 5 units can be taken for credit/no credit. 
 
Students who wish to pursue the minor need to complete the Minor Declaration Form and set up a meeting with the Undergraduate Student Services Specialist to discuss the minor requirements. Before conferring the degree, you must also complete a Major-Minor and Multiple Major Course Approval Form through the eForms portal via Axess indicating which courses you plan to apply toward each major and any minor(s), which will be routed to all applicable departments and programs.* Because University rules prohibit double-counting courses, the requirements for a minor differ according to the student’s major requirements. Therefore, it is required that you review your course plans with a program administrator. Please email saharh@stanford.edu to coordinate this meeting.
 
*For full instructions on declaring a minor and the related requirements, please see this page on the Stanford Student Affairs website.

Required Coursework

  • ECON 1: Principles of Economics
  • ECON 50: Economic Analysis I
  • ECON 102A:  Introduction to Statistical Methods (Postcalculus) for Social Scientists
  • ECON 102B: Applied Econometrics
  • PUBLPOL 104: Economic Policy Analysis
  • One of the following depending on major degree requirements:

Please note that Public Policy students are never required to take a course which duplicates material they have already mastered. Students may, by petition, substitute a different course for a requirement whose material may be duplicative. This flexibility does not reduce the number of units required for the minor. Because Public Policy minor requirements may vary depending on a student's major requirements, it is required that you review your course plans with a program administrator.

Students who satisfy major requirements by taking ECON 50 and an introductory course in statistics such as ECON 102A or STATS 60 may complete these courses instead: