Public Policy is an interdisciplinary social science major designed to provide students with the theoretical perspective, analytical skill and substantive knowledge needed to respond to major domestic and global policy problems.
The core curriculum includes exposure to multiple disciplinary fields, including economics, political science, policy analysis, philosophy, research methods and statistics.
The undergraduate major in public policy provides students with conceptual and analytical skills that prepare them for work or graduate school. The combination of a liberal arts education, the development of writing and analytical abilities, and knowledge in a domestic or global policy serves as the foundation for graduate work in many professions, including law, business, public policy, public and international affairs, social work, public health, education, and city and regional planning.
For information on majoring and double majoring in public policy, please click here. For more information on public service education, please click here. For more information on UNC Public Policy’s undergraduate program, please see the UNC Public Policy Advising Handbook.
The Duncan MacRae Jr. Public Policy Fund supports research opportunities and internship experiences for Public Policy majors through the Duncan MacRae Jr. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), the Duncan MacRae Jr. Mentored Research Assistant Grant and the Duncan MacRae Jr. Public Policy Internship Grant.
The Duncan MacRae Jr. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in Public Policy allows majors to carry out innovative policy-relevant research under the supervision of public policy faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Public Policy SURF aims to create an opportunity for majors to engage in independent research for at least 9 weeks with a minimum 20 hours/week during the summer.
The Duncan MacRae Jr. Mentored Research Assistant Grant aims to promote opportunities for undergraduates to engage in mentored research with full-time public policy faculty.
The Duncan MacRae Jr. Public Policy Internship Grant aims to support internship opportunities for public policy majors and to defer some of the costs associated with engaging in unpaid summer internships.
The Duncan McRae Jr. Honors Thesis Grant supports public policy majors working on independent honor thesis research under the supervision of public policy faculty member at
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The Kathy Taft Education Policy Award was established in 2010 in honor of Kathy Taft, a longtime member of the NC State School Board. The purpose of the Kathy Taft Award is to recognize a rising or graduating senior majoring in public policy with an interest in and dedication to education policy.
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