Broaden your major with Evans School undergraduate courses

Explore the field of public policy and governance. Learn how to create lasting change by designing innovative public policy solutions using data-informed research methods. Develop strong leadership skils and answer the call to public service as together, we build a world of good.

The Evans School offers a variety of exciting elective courses throughout the year, many of which satisfy general education requirements. 

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INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY AND GOVERNANCE 

(Individuals & Societies)

Understand how policies can be designed and implemented in response to complex challenges related to climate change, urban planning, social justice, city planning, and more, in this introduction to the field of policy analysis, governance, and public service.

DECISION-MAKING, BEHAVIOR, AND POLICY DESIGN 

(Individuals & Societies)

What does “good” policy design look like? Does it alter the public’s behavior? Learn how Behavioral Science research and frameworks, which lay at the intersection or economics and psychology, apply to public policy design.

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

Learn the skills and behaviors that will equip you to thrive as a leader. Practice management strategies for addressing problems in public, not-for-profit and business organizations through case studies, general readings, class exercises and presentations by practitioners.

ETHICS, POWER, AND LEADERSHIP 

(Individuals & Societies | Diversity)

Address the norms and values associated with a commitment to the public good, including the obligations of leadership, its relationship to power, and ways that organizations and policies can cause or reduce structural inequality.

NONPROFITS, PHILANTHROPY, AND SOCIAL INNOVATION

Uncover key issues facing social sector organizations and investigate the operational, managerial, and policy approaches that social sector leaders can take to advance their mission, increase their impact, and effectively produce positive social change.

TRUTH, EVIDENCE, AND PUBLIC POLICY ANALYTICS 

(Individuals & Societies | Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning)

Learn qualitative, statistical, experimental, and mixed methods to evaluate: the origins of policy; the management, implementation, and administration of public programs; and the intended and unintended impacts of public policies. 

EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY IMPLEMENTATION 

(Individuals & Societies)

Unpack the reasons why government initiatives so often fall short of expectation – and what might be done to raise the likelihood of policy success based on how public and non-profit organizations work.

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