The PPRS curriculum consists of 8 courses:
- The core course for the program is BEPP 201 (Introduction to Business Economics and Public Policy), which students will need to take in the fall of their sophomore year.
- Students must receive credit for two semesters of Statistics, or one semester of Statistics and one semester of Calculus.
- For Calculus, MATH 104 or its equivalent qualifies.
- For Statistics, STAT 101/102, STAT 111/112, STAT 430/431, ECON 103, ESE 301, CRIM 150, CRIM 320, NURS 230, PSCI 338, BIOL 446, and SOCI 120 all may be counted.
- Students are expected to take Statistics courses appropriate for their home school and major.
- AP/IB credit is acceptable if granted by a student’s home school.
- Students must complete one course in the Political Science Department, focusing on the policymaking environment:
- PSCI 130 (Introduction to American Politics)
- PSCI 138 (Policymaking in the U.S.)
- PSCI 236 (The Public Policy Process)
- PSCI 238 (Congress)
Three courses focusing on one issue-based policy track. Students will have flexibility to select these courses from different departments across Penn. Students also may propose their own track for approval, if their interests fall outside the options below:
- Education Policy
- Energy and Environmental Policy
- Risk Management Policy
- Fiscal Policy
- Health Care Policy
- Housing and Real Estate Policy
- Innovation and Technology Policy
- Trade Policy
- Urban Policy
- The final course is a “capstone” (BEPP 399) taken during the spring semester of the senior year, where students will work under the direction of a faculty member to write a comprehensive literature review and policy analysis involving original research. Click here for a copy of the Spring 2018 syllabus.
No more than 4 of these 8 courses may be double-counted with other academic requirements. However, the other courses taken for the PPRS program may be counted toward the elective credits that are part of a student’s undergraduate degree program.
None of the courses taken for the PPRS program may be taken pass/fail.
What is one takeaway from your PPRS experience that will benefit you after graduation?
“After spending the majority of my undergraduate career in a lab, the PPRS capstone afforded me the opportunity to apply and hone my research skills in a policy setting. I was able to research an area of health policy that I am passionate about and is directly applicable to the consulting work that I am doing after graduation.”