Major in making positive change.
As a public policy student, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge you need to understand complex issues like climate change, policing, technology, immigration and more. You will learn policy making, economics, writing, leadership, and statistics, so you have the toolbox of skills needed to help shape solutions to pressing problems — and to make a difference in the world, whatever your particular passion.
Our bachelor’s in public policy will give you a multidisciplinary lens for understanding and addressing complex policy issues, in the US and around the world. Public policy majors go onto careers in government, nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and the private sector, in the US and abroad.
The School of Public Policy also offers an undergraduate certificate in public policy and administration, a mix of required and elective interdisciplinary courses that will allow you to develop a specialty in areas including environmental, health, and social policy. The certificate program is open to all UMass Amherst undergraduates.