Public Affairs

Major Requirements

120 hours is required. Public Affairs majors must complete the following:

Core Curriculum42
The following coursework is required and can also simultaneously satisfy some core curriculum requirements:
Communication for Public Affairs (required for major) 010
Introduction to Microeconomics (required for major) 080
Elements of Statistics (required for major) 020
Major coursework
P A 301Foundations of Public Affairs3
P A 305Analysis of Policy Adoption and Implementation3
P A 311LQualitative Methods for Public Affairs3
P A 311NQuantitative Methods for Public Affairs3
P A 315Economic Analysis for Public Affairs3
P A 136Professional Development1
P A 137Leadership Laboratory1
P A 168Policy Simulation1
Prescribed Electives
P A 345 with a Writing flag:3
Advanced Topics in Policy (any topic) 010
12 additional hours chosen from the following:12
Topics in Policy (any topic)
Advanced Topics in Policy
Advanced Topics in Policy Analysis Skills and Methods
Minor or Certificate15
Completion of an undergraduate transcript-recognized minor or certificate in a different field. Students must meet the minimum grade requirements and grade point average requirements of the program.
Free Electives30
Additional coursework to fulfill all degree requirements and reach a total of 120 semester hours.
Total Hours120
  • Core Component Areas: 010 English Composition and Core Writing Flag; 020 Mathematics; 030 Natural Science and Technology, Part I; 040 Humanities; 050 Visual and Performing Arts; 060 U.S. History; 070 American and Texas Government; 080 Social and Behavioral Sciences; 090 First-Year Signature Course; 093 Natural Science and Technology, Part II
  • Skills and Experience Flags: Wr Writing; Qr Quantitative reasoning; GC Global cultures; CD Cultural diversity in the United States; E Ethics; II Independent Inquiry