Students are able to fulfill University and College requirements with courses taken towards completing a major or minor. To search courses that meet both Hesburgh Program and University requirements, use Course Catalog, Class Search, or Browse Classes, and search by Hesburgh Program and the University Requirement "attribute" (i.e. WKSP, WKSS, etc.)


The minor has three corequisties to ensure that students build a strong foundation to the study of public policy. These corequisite 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.

Students are required to take: American Politics (POLS 10100 or 20100), 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). 


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.