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UMD School of Public Policy Announces New Undergraduate Public Policy Major

BA in Public Policy

COLLEGE PARK, MD – The University of Maryland School of Public Policy is now offering a new bachelor of arts in public policy to undergraduate students. This is the first undergraduate major in the School of Public Policy and is the only undergraduate public policy major being offered inside the Washington, DC beltway. Focusing on analytic and decision-making skills to produce effective policy implementation and solve complex policy problems, students pursuing this degree will learn to transform passion into real change through bold and innovative solutions.

The highly experiential public policy major will integrate knowledge from a variety of disciplines, such as economics, business, government and politics, sociology, philosophy, history and information studies. Graduates will be well equipped to work across boundaries to address some of the world’s most challenging problems including poverty, unemployment, immigration, terrorism, climate change and access to quality education.

“This is an exciting opportunity for students to learn how to make positive change in the real world taking advantage of our deep connectivity to Washington, DC and Annapolis,” said School of Public Policy Dean Robert C. Orr.

Undergraduate public policy students have the option to focus on public leadership, sustainability, nonprofit and social change leadership, or customize their path. Students will have multiple chances to immerse themselves in real issues and challenges that face our leaders as well as engage policymakers directly. Enrolled students will have direct access to unique internship and job opportunities located in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Prince George’s County. Students will engage in hands-on learning through a required internship and a senior capstone where they will work with a client on a real-world policy project.

Graduates will be prepared for a wide range of careers, including federal, state and city government; nonprofits and foundations; media affairs; public service and international organizations, business, consulting and teaching. Students who complete the program can also go on to pursue graduate education in fields such as public policy, law, public health, city and regional planning, business and more.


For additional information, contact public policy undergraduate programs by calling 301-405-2370 or emailing plcyundergrad@umd.edu.