Social & Public Policy Minor

Addressing and understanding social policy in areas ranging from education, health, and immigration to sustainability and urban planning  is at the heart of NYU Wagner's mission. Drawing on this traditional strength, undergraduates electing the joint Wagner-College of Arts and Science Social and Public Policy minor will receive a broad introduction to social policy-making. They can then choose from among courses covering specific areas of social policy. Whether students plan to pursue careers in the policy arena or merely remain engaged citizens, the Social and Public Policy minor provides a sturdy foundation.

Minor Declaration

CAS students should email to declare the minor.

Students in other NYU schools can apply for the minor in NYU Albert in the My Academics section of your Student Center.The minor is found under College of Arts and Sciences.


Students must complete a total of 16 credits for the minor within these guidelines:

Choose one of the following (4 credits):

UPADM-GP 101, The Politics of Public Policy

UPADM-GP 102, Introduction to Social Impact

Choose three of the following (4 credits):

UPADM-GP.140, The Economics of Public Policy
UPADM-GP.215, The Politics of New York
UPADM-GP.217, Sustainable Urban Development
UPADM-GP.219, Segregation and Public Policy in the American City
UPADM-GP.226, Leadership: Women and Public Policy
UPADM-GP.236, Topics in Health: Policy, Politics, and Power
PADM-GP.2444, Gender & Sexuality in U.S. Policy Formation
UPADM-GP.265, Fundamentals of Social Entrepreneurship
UPADM-GP.268, Race, Immigration, and Financial Citizenship in the U.S.
UPADM-GP.269, How to Change the World: Advocacy Movements and Social Innovation
UPADM-GP.275, Contemporary Global Crises and Humanitarian Politics
UPADM-GP.282, Moving NYC: Travel Behavior and Policy in New York City
UPADM-GP.284, Emergencies, Disasters, and Cities
UPADM-GP.430, Intelligence and National Security Policymaking

ENVST-UA 470 Climate and Society
ENVST-UA 445 Global Environmental Politics
ENVST-UA 485 Environmental Activism: From the Local to the Global
POL-UA 335/ LWSOC-UA 1 Law and Society
POL-UA 336 Gender in Law
SCA-UA 235 The Criminal Justice State
SCA-UA 366 The Constitution and People of Color
SCA-UA 613 Community Empowerment
SCA-UA 755 American Dilemmas: Race, Inequality, and the Unified Promise of Education
SOC-UA.452 Immigration
SOC-UA.503 Criminology


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