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Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy

What is Public Policy?

We know you care about education, healthcare, the environment, poverty and the policies that affect these issues. You want to make the world a better place, and you're ready to start learning how. Earning a BA in Public Policy will help you move beyond simply caring about an issue by giving you the analytical skills to understand issues and create realistic policy solutions. You will be able to decide how to best approach a societal or political issue and how to measure the impact of different solutions using data and evidence. You will study in a multidisciplinary field which will allow you to see the world through multiple lenses. You will gain marketable skills that will help you grow a strong and rewarding career in the public, nonprofit, or for-profit sector.


Careers in Public Policy

Public Policy graduates often end up working in the Public and Non-profit sectors but their broad skillset allow them to do well in many other careers. This list isn't complete by any means - the skills learned in this program can be applied in more contexts than we could list. However, common job titles include:

  • Policy Adviser
  • Policy Analyst
  • City Manager
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Budget Analyst or Manager
  • Government Relations 
  • Community Development Specialist
  • Nonprofit Administrator

Program Admission

The BA in Public Policy is a selective admission program, so current UK students will start the program as Pre-Public Policy majors, and work to complete the pre-major courses with a GPA of 2.75. After students complete the pre-major coursework (with a minimum 2.75 GPA) and have a 2.75 cumulative GPA, they can apply for admission as a full major. For any questions about this process, please email our Student Affairs Officer. If you would like to declare Pre-Public Policy as your second major or degree or if you have completed the pre-major courses and are ready to apply for full admission, you can request a major change in your myUKGPS.

To meet with a recruiter and discuss the program, please click to schedule a Virtual Public Policy Visit.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy provides students with a broad overview of the field of Public Policy and allows them to pursue their own areas of interested with guided electives. The degree requires a minimum of 120 semester credits, coming from UK Core, pre-major, Major Core, guided elective, and free elective courses.
Major Sheet 2020-2021
UK Core Requirements

Complementary Majors and Minors

Because Public Policy is largely an interdisciplinary field, students are encouraged to pursue an academic minor or a second major if it fits their interests and career goals. These programs would be complementary to Public Policy:

For More Information:

If you're ready to apply to the University of Kentucky, you can do that here. Please note that you will select "Pre-Public Policy" as your major. Students are encouraged to reach out to the Student Affairs Officer, Brooke Kuerzi if they have any further questions or want to know more specific information about the program.