Public Policy

The Public Policy Minor introduces students to the theory and practice of policy analysis. The interdisciplinary coursework teaches students to identify problems, consider possible solutions, design effective programs, and evaluate whether established policies meet their intended goals. Individuals with backgrounds in public policy go on to work in government agencies, non-profits, think tanks, and political advocacy organizations as well as the private sector. In addition, the minor is a great introduction for students thinking about graduate school to attain a Master of Public Policy (MPP) which is also offered by the Department of Political Science and Public Policy. The Public Policy Minor is open to all majors.


Faculty in the Department of Political Science and Public Policy have expertise in areas ranging from local and state governance to global policy and international relations as well as law, the judicial system, and the dawning digital society. Our faculty draw upon their experiences as program evaluators and consultants for government, private firms, and non-profits to provide a cutting edge and practice-informed education to NDSU students. We encourage students who want to learn more about the Public Policy Minor to reach out through email or schedule an appointment via Bison Advise.