Public policy is an interdisciplinary field; consequently, the PPRS curriculum draws on courses, methodologies, and faculty expertise from fields across all four Penn undergraduate schools.
Through their PPRS courses, students gain a broad introduction to the policymaking process and the economic analysis of policy, while also acquiring some depth of knowledge in a chosen public policy “track”. The curriculum culminates with a senior year capstone course, in which students deploy all they have learned in the analysis of a real-life policy question.
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“Taking philosophy and political economy classes in a communist country, I gained a whole new understanding of political and economic theory, as well as economic relations from the perspective of the developing world.”
When I learned about PPRS, I thought it very nicely provided a mix of all of the backgrounds required for a good public policy thinker – economics, political science, statistics, and specific public policy courses. The program seemed to provide a very interdisciplinary approach to public policy learning and interdisciplinary programs are exactly what attracted me to Penn in the first place.
“I believe that neuroscience and other behavioral sciences are the key to creating the most effective and efficient policies.”
“PPRS has been a great complement to my engineering studies. Because of the courses I have taken in both health and technology policy, I have been able to learn how to apply the principles and problem solving skills taught in engineering school more broadly.”
In my opinion, business and public policy are the two things that truly affect every single person in the world, regardless of whether they want to admit it or not. Being able to critically analyze how the two relate and how the two differ can be nothing but beneficial.