Public Policy

The public policy minor introduces students to the theory and practice of policy analysis. The interdisciplinary coursework helps students to identify policy goals, design effective programs, and evaluate policies to determine if they have met their intended goals. Individuals with backgrounds in public policy work in government agencies, non-profits, think tanks, political advocacy organizations, and even the private sector. The minor is also 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. This minor is open to all majors. 


Faculty in the Department of Political Science and Public Policy have expertise in areas ranging from local governance to global public policy and international relations. We also feature a cluster of scholars focused on law, judicial politics, and crime policy. PSPP faculty draw on internationally recognized research programs and extensive experience as program evaluators and consultants for governments, 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 via email or schedule an appointment via Navigate.