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Undergraduate Major

Discover the world of public policy

About the Program

Solving real-world policy challenges requires the use of multi-disciplinary tools to analyze problems, determine the best means to deal with those problems, and decide on the best course of action. An undergraduate Major in Public Policy provides a unique opportunity for students in Social Science disciplines to think in an interdisciplinary way, by drawing on theories and approaches, as well as tool kits developed in the core disciplines of Economics and Political Science, and beyond. Students in this program develop theoretical and applied reasoning skills in policy analysis, as well as a solid grounding in quantitative methods and research.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 academic year, the Major program in Public Policy is offered jointly by the School of Public Policy and Governance, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Political Science. Students may enroll after their first or second year of undergraduate studies and must meet the prerequisite conditions for all second-year and higher courses.

This is an Arts program, 7.5 FCEs

Admission information

This is a limited enrolment program that accommodates a limited number of students. Admission will be determined by a student’s average marks in the required first year courses. Achieving the minimum required marks does not necessarily guarantee admission to the program in any given year.

First Year

To be eligible to for enrollment in the Public Policy major, students must have completed the following first-year courses:

  1. POL101Y1 (a high grade in the Pearson or Margaret Macmillan Vic/Trin One streams can be considered equivalent. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis).
  2. Either:
    • ECO100Y1, with a final mark of at least 67%, OR
    • ECO105Y1, with a final mark of at least 80%, AND MAT113Y1 with a final mark of at least 63%*
      • *MAT113Y1 is not required for those students studying PPG200H1 in the seond Year
      • *MAT113Y1 is required for those studying ECO200+ and ECO220+ in their upper years.

Second Year

  1. PPG200H1/ECO/200Y1/ECO204Y1/ECO206Y1
  2. ECO220Y1/POL242Y1/SOC202H1/STA220H1/STA221H1/STA248H1/STA255H1/STA261H1
  3. POL214Y1

Third and Fourth Years

  1. PPG301H1
  2. PPG401H1
  3. Remaining FCEs to reach the 7.5 requirement will be drawn from 300+ courses from Economics, Political Science, Sociology, or related disciplines. Please see the Public Policy major Program Brochure (top, right) for a non-exhaustive list of eligible courses.
Click here for more information on the program requirements for the Major program in Public Policy for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Public Policy Courses

PPG401H1 The Role of Government

This course explores the government’s role in promoting efficiency and equity in both the financing and delivery of public policy goals. Read More

PPG301H1 Introduction to Public Policy

The course introduces students to the study of public policy, the policy process and institutions in Canada and abroad. Read More