Public Policy Analysis Minor

The Public Policy Analysis minor provides students with the core skills necessary to develop an analytic framework for understanding the causes and consequences of public policies. It includes courses in the politics of the policymaking process; the economic analysis of public policies in terms of their impacts and distributive consequences; normative analysis of policy problems and means of implementation, and quantitative methods with a specific policy focus.

Minor Declaration

You can apply for the minor in NYU Albert in the My Academics section of your Student Center. 


The Public Policy Analysis minor consists of 4 required courses and 1 analytical elective for a total of 20 credits.

Required courses (16 credits):

ECON-UA 2, Introduction of Microeconomics (prerequisite for UPADM-GP 140)

UPADM-GP 101, The Politics of Public Policy

UPADM-GP 140, Economics of Public Policy

UPADM-GP 120, Normative Issues in Public Policy (email Adrienne Smith for a list of equivalent courses)

Choose one of the following (4 credits):

ECON-UA.227, Urban Economics

ECON-UA 233, Poverty and Income Distribution

POL-UA 315, Controversies in Public Policy: Logic and Evidence

POL-UA 842, Doing Political Economy: Approaches to Public Policy

POL-UA 844, Games, Strategy, and Politics

UPADM-GP 274, The Intuitive and Counterintuitive in Policy Analysis


For more information about the curriculum, please see our Advising and Policies page.


Adrienne Smith, Undergraduate Studies Program Advisor, NYU Wagner

For information regarding CAS course registration, please contact the CAS Minors Team

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