Class of 2020 and After

Requirements for students in the class of 2020 and after:


The minor has three corequisties to ensure that students build a strong foundation to the study of public policy. Students are required to take: American Politics (POLS 10100 or 20100), Intro to Microeconomics (ECON 10011 or 20011), as well as a comprehensive statistics course. these courses can count towards the student's major, other minor, College or University requirement. It is recommended that students take these courses early on in their progress completing the minor.

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 should take three electives, one course from each of following categories: 


Courses engage ethical and philosophic perspectives that affect how problems are identified and how policies are designed.


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


Courses focus attention on the substantive policy areas to provide students with in-depth knowledge on a topic.


The Hesburgh Program offers two capstone courses that allow students to work in teams to develop policy proposals. The Policy-Making Process (HESB 43897) focuses on problems and policy at the local level with a South Bend focused project. Contributing to the Policy Process (HESB 43898) takes a broad, national and international approach to understanding and evaluating policy.

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.