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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 for a total of 35 units in Public Policy and its supporting disciplinary departments. At most, 10 units of course work may be taken as credit/no credit. Between ECON 50 and ECON 51 or PUBLPOL 51, no more than 5 units can be taken for 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 indicating which courses you plan to apply toward each major and any minor(s) and have it reviewed by 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 kyliedm@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
  • One of the following:
  • 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 (35) 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.

For Economics Majors

Economics majors are permitted to double-count ECON 1: Principles of Economics, ECON 50: Economic Analysis I, and ECON 51: Economic Analysis II because such courses satisfy only introductory skill requirements for the Economics major. Economics majors should consider taking PUBLPOL 101, PUBLPOL 103C (or any of the alternatives for this class) and/or PUBLPOL 106 (or any of the alternatives) to fulfill the 10 units otherwise fulfilled by ECON 102A and ECON 102B. Please keep in mind that you are required to complete 35 units (taking into account the courses you are allowed to double-count) of approved coursework in order to complete the minor.

For Other Majors 

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:

Please keep in mind that you are required to complete 35 units of approved coursework in order to complete the minor.