The School of Public Policy is home to three exciting academic minors!
The minor in Sustainability Studies is cosponsored with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It is currently the largest minor on campus with more than 300 students enrolled and taught by leading experts in the field. Sustainability is defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This minor complements any major on campus and provides both intellectual breadth and depth in a challenging new area of inquiry that is gaining a high level of interest in businesses, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.
The Minor in Public Leadership allows students from across campus to examine pressing issues (the global environment, democratization and human rights, crime and the penal system, diversity and affirmative action, poverty and inequality, and the quality of public education) facing leaders today. The Public Leadership minor directs students to think critically about the viable solutions needed to solve problems that require effective leadership for the public good. This minor engages students in learning about leadership for the public good and effective citizenship.
Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation
Our newest Minor in Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation is built on hands-on learning and heightens students’ awareness of local, national and global issues and examines different approaches to social impact. Students study the role of the nonprofit, NGO, and social sector, as well as social innovation, leadership, and the skills required for effective nonprofit management. This minor is open to all undergrads on campus, regardless of major. Students who want to take a deeper dive, can pursue the Major in Public Policy with a focus on Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation.