The Hesburgh Program in Public Service is an interdisciplinary minor. Faculty and courses for this minor are drawn from several departments of the University including; American studies, business, economics, history, political science, philosophy, sociology and theology. 



The minor has three corequisties to ensure that students build a strong foundation to the study of public policy. It is recommended that students take these courses early on in their progress completing the minor.

Students are required to take: American Politics (POLS 10100 or 20100, or Keeping the Republic POLS 10101 or 20101 ), and Intro to Microeconomics (ECON 10011 or 20011), both of which count as University Social Science Requirements (WKSS). Additionally, students must take a comprehensive statistics course, which often will fulfill a University Quantitative Reasoning Requirement (WKQR). 

Courses that fulfill the statistics co-req include: 

ACMS 10145 Statistics for Business I

ACMS 20340 Statistics for Life Sciences

BIOS 40411 Biostatistics

ECON 30010 Intermediate Microeconomics

ECON 30330 Statistics for Economics

FIN 30210 Managerial Economics

ITAO 20200 Statistical Inference in Business

POLS 40810 Quantitative Political analysis

POLS 40813 Applied Quantitative Methods

PSY 30100 Experimental Psychology I: Statistics

SOC 30903 Statistics for Sociological Research

Additional Courses By Approval


Introduction to Public Policy (HESB 20010)

Introduction to Public Policy (HESB 20010) is the “gateway” course for Hesburgh minors. The course reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the Hesburgh Program, incorporating several different perspectives to introduce students to the study of public policy.


The Hesburgh Program cross-lists numerous courses from departments across the University, and are intended to give students a well-rounded understanding of public policy. Students take three electives, one course in Values or Institutions and two in Topics. 


Courses engage ethical and philosophic perspectives that affect how problems are identified and how policies are designed. Several of these electives may also fulfill a University Second Philosophy (WKSP) or Developmental Theology (WKDT).


Courses focus on the structures and procedures through which public policy is formulated and implemented.


Courses focus attention on substantive policy areas to provide students with in-depth knowledge on a topic. Several of these electives may also fulfill University Requirements, including History (WKHI). 


The Hesburgh Program offers a capstone course, the Politics of Public Policy (HESB 43899). Alternatively, students that are interested in pursuing their own public policy research may choose to do an Independent Capstone Research Project (HESB 48000) in lieu of the capstone course.



  • Corequisite courses can count towards the student's major, other minor, College or University requirement
  • Core courses are able to fulfill University and College requirements. To search courses that meet both Hesburgh Program and University requirements, use Class Search, and search by Hesburgh Program and the University Requirement "attribute" (i.e. WKSP, WKSS, etc.)
  • Students may not double count a course with the Hesburgh Program and another major or minor
  • Students may count 1 course from an abroad program as an elective for the minor. Students participating in the Washington Program may count up to 3 electives from that program

Students interested in adding the minor, of have questions about their progress, should meet with the Associat Director, Claudia Francis.