Undergraduate programs

Undergraduate studies at the Ford School are based in social science disciplines such as sociology, economics, and political science-layered with analysis of and engagement with real-world public challenges.

Our coursework emphasizes teamwork, writing, analysis, and class participation. Ford School undergraduate students become full members of our close-knit community, and work in small groups with some of the University of Michigan's top faculty members.

At a glance


Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy

Minor in Public Policy

Description Provides U-M students with knowledge and skills to analyze policy problems, understand the stakes, and create viable solutions. Layer a U-M degree—engineering, sociology, business, or organizational studies, for example—with perspectives from the lens of public policy.
Public Policy credits completed in residence 30 12
Additional coursework (may be completed outside Ford) STATS 250 or SOC 210: Introduction to Statistics (4 credits); Coursework in student-declared focus area (12 credits) Coursework in Public Policy or approved non-Public Policy electives (4 credits)
Total required credits to complete Ford curriculum 46 16
Minimum credits required to reach degree completion 120 (includes total required credits to complete Ford curriculum) Determined by a student’s enrollment (Ex. LSA BA 120; ENGIN ME 128)
Number of students per cohort 80 20-25

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