The Department of Public Policy
Established in 1979, the Curriculum in Public Policy Analysis was one of the first undergraduate degree programs in public policy, and a charter member of the national Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. It was augmented in 1991 by an interdisciplinary Ph.D. Curriculum in Public Policy Analysis. In 1995 the two curricula were combined and began recruiting their own core faculty. In 2001 the combined curriculum became the present Department of Public Policy.
The department and its predecessor curricula have been guided since their inception by the distinctive principles that public policy analysis is a responsibility of educated citizens, and not merely a task for professionals. Sound policy research is necessarily an interdisciplinary task, which must be as rigorous as any good social research. Twelve core faculty members as well as an additional sixteen adjunct faculty offer each student a strong core curriculum, and opportunities to develop rigorous analytic skills, pursue original research and develop excellent communication skills.
Currently, the department has close to 200 undergraduate majors pursuing varied fields of public policy study, including health policy, education policy, global policy, environmental policy and social entrepreneurship. The Department also offers a Washington Policy Semester for undergraduates, and hosts the social entrepreneurship teaching program of the University's Entrepreneurship Minor. It has a vibrant undergraduate Public Policy Majors Union, and sponsors UNC's active chapter of The Roosevelt Institution, a national student-organized network of public policy analysis think-tanks. All undergraduate seniors can participate in a capstone practicum in which they produce a policy analysis in real time, on a topic of immediate importance, for a government or nonprofit organization.
Our department hosts twenty to twenty-five Ph.D.students from around the world. Graduates from our program have gone on to faculty positions at Washington University, Duke, Vanderbilt, and George Mason University, the Universities of Delaware, Missouri (Columbia), Georgia, Brown, Arizona State, Indiana and the National University of Singapore. Some of our other students hold positions at respected policy research organizations including the Brookings Institution, the Economic Policy Institute and the World Bank.
For questions regarding the Undergraduate Program, contact Professor Krista Perreira, Director of Undergraduate Studies.
For questions regarding the Graduate Program, contact Professor Daniel Gitterman, Director of Graduate Studies.