Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) prepares students to capably make and effectively implement  public policy decisions. This MPP program allows students to engage in California's world-leading public policies through course assignments structured as commonly expected professional work products.  With a location in California’s capital and flexible course schedules, MPP students take advantage of abundant internship and externship opportunities to launch their careers in public service.  As the only MPP degree offered by an ABA accredited law school, the program provides students with a great understanding of law and regulations as both foundations and tools of public policy.

The MPP may be pursued full-time or part-time. Admissions are made in the fall and spring.

MPP Requirements

A minimum of 44 units is required to earn the MPP, including a 38-unit core of required courses.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher is required for award of the MPP.

Core Courses - 38 units in four areas, including:
LAW - 6 units
LAW 212Intro. to Legal Analysis2
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
PUBLIC POLICY - 14 units
PUB 211Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain4
PUB 214Budgets, Financial Management3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 215Capstone: Public Policy Analysis Case4
ANALYTIC TOOLS - 11 units
PUB 221Economic Concepts and Tools4
PUB 233Public Manager Analytics4
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/LEADERSHIP - 7 units
PUB 251Pub Admin: Values, Roles and Skills4
PUB 242Systemic Change3
or PUB 213 Enhancing Societal Capacity


Electives:  At least 6 units.  Elective units may be applied towards an optional area of concentration.

MPP Areas of Concentration

Environmental and Water Policy - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses.
LAW 230Water Resources Law (This course is offered in a 2 and 3 unit format. If taken as 2 units, you must take 1 additional elective unit.)2-3
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 235Environmental Practice3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 509Special Topics in Environmental Law2 or 3
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Capital Policy Making - 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses.
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 576Cap. Lawyering and Pol. Making2
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
LAW 853Legislative & Public Policy Clinic (* ) This is a year-long course, taken for a total of 6 units.3
*LAW 853 has very competitive admission and requires LAW 822 as a prerequisite. Students admitted to LAW 853 may use it as their capstone requirement in place of PUB 215.
Public and Non-Profit Leadership - 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses.
PUB 241Leaders, Organization Behavior4
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity (If not taken for core requirement.)3
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
LAW 826Negotiating Disputes Into Deals1
PUB 219Directed Research1-3

Application for Graduation:  Students in the semester prior to the final semester of their degree program must complete the Application for Graduation form no later than the Add/Drop Deadline of that semester via the online application for graduation link on Inside Pacific. 

Questions?

Contact Director of Public Policy Programs and Professor of Public Policy Jeffrey A. Michael
Email jmichael@pacific.edu | 916.340.6084

Dual Degree, JD and MPP

For information about this dual degree, see the JD sections of this catalog.

Bachelor of Arts Major in Economics/Master of Public Policy Blended Program

Students must complete a minimum of 150 units with a Pacific undergraduate cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree and Master of Public Policy degree.

Note: 1) A total of eight upper division units can count towards both degrees. 2) An additional 11 graduate units can count towards the BA degree. 3) Acceptance into the graduate portion of this blended program is conditional on (a) completion of all undergraduate program requirements by the end of the seventh semester at Pacific and (b) a minimum 3.0 cumulative Pacific undergraduate GPA.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement

Students must complete one year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.

Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Breadth Requirement

Students must complete 60 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline. (This includes general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

IV. Major Requirements

ECON 053Introductory Microeconomics4
ECON 055Introductory Macroeconomics: Theory and Policy4
ECON 101Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis4
ECON 103Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis4
ECON 111History of Economic Thought4
ECON 161Empirical Methods4
ECON 199Economic Analysis Capstone3
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Statistical Inference
Introduction to Statistics and Probability
Probability with Applications to Statistics
Social Science Research Methods
ECON electives – 4 additional Economics courses (must be numbered ECON 71 or higher, excluding ECON 101L and ECON 103L, and including ECON 191 only with departmental approval.)16

VII. Undergraduate Public Policy Preparation

Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

ECON 053Introductory Microeconomics4
POLS 041U.S. Government and Politics4
SOCI 041Social Problems4
Select four of the following, with at least one each from Economics and Political Science:
Economics courses (Pick at least one)
Public Finance
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Labor Economics
Health Economics
Political Science courses (Pick at least one)
Introduction to Health Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy
Global Environmental Policy
Public Affairs courses
Public Advocacy
Intercultural Communication
American Immigration
Women in United States History
American Environmental History
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
Environment and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Urban Society

VIII. Master of Public Policy Requirements

A minimum of 44 units is required to earn the MPP, including a 38-unit core of required courses.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher is required for award of the MPP.

Core Courses - 38 units in four areas, including:
LAW - 6 units
LAW 212Intro. to Legal Analysis2
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
PUBLIC POLICY - 14 units
PUB 211Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain4
PUB 214Budgets, Financial Management3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 215Capstone: Public Policy Analysis Case4
ANALYTIC TOOLS - 11 units
PUB 221Economic Concepts and Tools4
PUB 233Public Manager Analytics4
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/LEADERSHIP - 7 units
PUB 251Pub Admin: Values, Roles and Skills4
PUB 242Systemic Change3
or PUB 213 Enhancing Societal Capacity


Electives:  At least 6 units.  Elective units may be applied towards an optional area of concentration.

Environmental and Water Policy - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 230Water Resources Law (This course is offered in a 2 and 3 unit format. If taken as 2 units, you must take 1 additional elective unit.)3
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 235Environmental Practice3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 509Special Topics in Environmental Law2 or 3
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Capital Policy Making - 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 576Cap. Lawyering and Pol. Making2
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
Legislative & Public Policy Clinic *
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Public and Non-Profit Leadership - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 101Contracts/Analytical Skills4
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 560Land Use Planning2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
LAW 826Negotiating Disputes Into Deals1
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Policy Change, Institutional Reform, Sustainability - MPA ONLY- 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses:
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3

Bachelor of Science Major in Economics/Master of Public Policy Blended Program

Students must complete a minimum of 150 units with a Pacific undergraduate cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn the Bachelor of Science in Economics degree and Master of Public Policy degree.

Note: 1) A total of eight upper division units can count towards both degrees. 2) An additional 11 graduate units can count towards the BA degree. 3) Acceptance into the graduate portion of this blended program is conditional on (a) completion of all undergraduate program requirements by the end of the seventh semester at Pacific and (b) a minimum 3.0 cumulative Pacific undergraduate GPA.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. Breadth Requirement

Students must complete 60 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline. (This includes general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

III. Major Requirements

ECON 053Introductory Microeconomics4
ECON 055Introductory Macroeconomics: Theory and Policy4
ECON 101Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis4
ECON 103Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis4
ECON 199Economic Analysis Capstone3
Select one of the following:4
Social Science Research Methods
Elementary Statistical Inference
Introduction to Statistics and Probability


IV. Complete One Of The Following Tracks:

Social Science Track
ECON 111History of Economic Thought4
ECON 190Econometrics4
ECON electives – 4 additional Economics courses (must be numbered ECON 71 or higher, excluding ECON 101L and ECON 103L, and including ECON 191 only with departmental approval.)16
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Computer Science
Introduction to Programming for Data Science
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I
Applied Economics Track
Select one of the following:4
Empirical Methods
Econometrics
Select one of the following:4
Computers and Information Processing
Introduction to Computer Science
Introduction to Programming for Data Science
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Finite Mathematics and Calculus
Calculus I
ECON electives – 4 additional Economics courses (must be numbered ECON 71 or higher, excluding ECON 101L and ECON 103L, and including ECON 191 only with departmental approval.)16
BUSI 031Principles of Financial Accounting4
BUSI 053The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business4

Note: 1) Students completing a concentration in Finance in the ESB need only complete 3 ECON electives.

Mathematical Economics Track
ECON 160Mathematical Economics4
ECON 190Econometrics4
ECON electives – 3 additional Economics courses (must be numbered ECON 71 or higher, excluding ECON 101L and ECON 103L, and including ECON 191 only with departmental approval.)12
MATH 049Introduction to Abstract Mathematics4
MATH 051Calculus I4
MATH 053Calculus II4
MATH 055Calculus III4
MATH 075Introduction to Linear Algebra4
MATH Elective (One 4-unit MATH course MATH 055 or higher) *4

VII. Undergraduate Public Policy Preparation

Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

ECON 053Introductory Microeconomics4
POLS 041U.S. Government and Politics4
SOCI 041Social Problems4
Select four of the following, with at least one each from Economics and Political Science:
Economics courses (Pick at least one)
Public Finance
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Labor Economics
Health Economics
Political Science courses (Pick at least one)
Introduction to Health Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy
Global Environmental Policy
Public Affairs courses
Public Advocacy
Intercultural Communication
American Immigration
Women in United States History
American Environmental History
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
Environment and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Urban Society

VIII. Master of Public Policy Requirements

A minimum of 44 units is required to earn the MPP, including a 38-unit core of required courses.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher is required for award of the MPP.

Core Courses - 38 units in four areas, including:
LAW - 6 units
LAW 212Intro. to Legal Analysis2
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
PUBLIC POLICY - 14 units
PUB 211Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain4
PUB 214Budgets, Financial Management3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 215Capstone: Public Policy Analysis Case4
ANALYTIC TOOLS - 11 units
PUB 221Economic Concepts and Tools4
PUB 233Public Manager Analytics4
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/LEADERSHIP - 7 units
PUB 251Pub Admin: Values, Roles and Skills4
PUB 242Systemic Change3
or PUB 213 Enhancing Societal Capacity


Electives:  At least 6 units.  Elective units may be applied towards an optional area of concentration.

Environmental and Water Policy - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 230Water Resources Law (This course is offered in a 2 and 3 unit format. If taken as 2 units, you must take 1 additional elective unit.)3
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 235Environmental Practice3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 509Special Topics in Environmental Law2 or 3
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Capital Policy Making - 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 576Cap. Lawyering and Pol. Making2
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
Legislative & Public Policy Clinic *
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Public and Non-Profit Leadership - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 101Contracts/Analytical Skills4
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 560Land Use Planning2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
LAW 826Negotiating Disputes Into Deals1
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Policy Change, Institutional Reform, Sustainability - MPA ONLY- 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses:
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3

Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science/Master Public Policy Blended Program

Students must complete a minimum of 150 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in political science and a 3.0 in the master of public policy degree.

Note:  1) A total of eight upper division units can count towards both degrees.  2) An additional 11 graduate units can count towards the BA degree.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement

Students must complete one year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.

Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Breadth Requirement

Students must complete 60 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline. (Courses include general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

IV. Major Requirements

Minimum 14 courses that include:

POLS 011Introduction to Comparative Politics4
or POLS 151 Principles of Comparative Politics
POLS 021Introduction to Political Theory4
POLS 041U.S. Government and Politics4
or POLS 031 Introduction to Law and Politics in the American Political System
POLS 051Introduction to International Relations4
POLS 133Political Science Research4
One of the following Orientation courses
Cross-Cultural Training I *
Career and Internship Preparation
Minimum 3 units from the following experiential learning courses: **3-4
Political Science Internship
Pre-Law Internship
Undergraduate Research
JCTR 187 Community Affairs Internship
Community Independent Research
Sacramento Experience Internship
Washington Semester Internship
6 Upper-Division Courses with at least one course in four of the following subfields:12
US Government and Politics
Urban Government
California Government and Politics
Introduction to Health Policy
Congress and the Presidency
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Campaigns and Elections
Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
Introduction to Public Administration
Public Law
Courts and Judicial Behavior
Constitutional Law
Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
Criminal Law
Political Theory
Ancient to Medieval Political Theory
Modern to Contemporary Political Theory
American Political Thought
Jurisprudence
Comparative Politics
Western European Comparative Politics
Principles of Comparative Politics
Politics of Asia
Comparative Foreign Policy
International Relations
Global Environmental Policy
Theories of International Politics
International Political Economy
Causes of War
U.S. Foreign Policy
POLS 189Capstone Seminar4

VII. Undergraduate Public Policy Preparation

Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

ECON 053Introductory Microeconomics4
SOCI 041Social Problems4
Select one of the following Political Science courses:4
Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
Introduction to Public Administration
Four of the following courses, with at least one each coming from the Sociology and the Economics sets:16
Economic Courses
Public Finance
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Labor Economics
Health Economics
Sociology Courses
Environment and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
Urban Society
Other Public Affairs Courses
Public Advocacy
Intercultural Communication
American Immigration
Women in United States History
American Environmental History
Global Environmental Policy
Introduction to Health Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy

VIII. Master of Public Policy Requirements

A minimum of 44 units is required to earn the MPP, including a 38-unit core of required courses.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher is required for award of the MPP.

Core Courses - 38 units in four areas, including:
LAW - 6 units
LAW 212Intro. to Legal Analysis2
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
PUBLIC POLICY - 14 units
PUB 211Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain4
PUB 214Budgets, Financial Management3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 215Capstone: Public Policy Analysis Case4
ANALYTIC TOOLS - 11 units
PUB 221Economic Concepts and Tools4
PUB 233Public Manager Analytics4
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/LEADERSHIP - 7 units
PUB 251Pub Admin: Values, Roles and Skills4
PUB 242Systemic Change3
or PUB 213 Enhancing Societal Capacity


Electives:  At least 6 units.  Elective units may be applied towards an optional area of concentration.

Environmental and Water Policy - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 230Water Resources Law (This course is offered in a 2 and 3 unit format. If taken as 2 units, you must take 1 additional elective unit.)3
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 235Environmental Practice3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 509Special Topics in Environmental Law2 or 3
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Capital Policy Making - 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 576Cap. Lawyering and Pol. Making2
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
Legislative & Public Policy Clinic *
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Public and Non-Profit Leadership - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 101Contracts/Analytical Skills4
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 560Land Use Planning2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
LAW 826Negotiating Disputes Into Deals1
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Policy Change, Institutional Reform, Sustainability - MPA ONLY- 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses:
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3

Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science - Criminal Justice Concentration/Master Public Policy Blended Program 

Students must complete a minimum of 150 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in political science - Criminal Justice Concentration and a 3.0 in the master of public policy degree.

Note:  1) A total of eight upper division units can count towards both degrees.  2) An additional 11 graduate units can count towards the BA degree.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement

Students must complete one year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.

Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Breadth Requirement

Students must complete 60 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline. (Courses include general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

IV. Major Requirements

 Minimum 14 courses that include:

POLS 031Introduction to Law and Politics in the American Political System4
POLS 133Political Science Research4
or INTL 101 Social Science Research Methods
SOCI 033Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice4
SOCI 051Introduction to Sociology4
SOCI 071Sociology Cohort Seminar1
SOCI 079Self and Society4
SOCI 139Corrections4
SOCI 172Diversity, Equity and Inequality4
SOCI 177Theories of Society and Culture4
SOCI 179Capstone Seminar3
Three (3) of the following electives, with at least one POLS course and one SOCI course:
Urban Government
Urban Society
Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
Introduction to Public Administration
Courts and Judicial Behavior
Criminal Law
Jurisprudence
Deviant Behavior
Social Problems
Introduction to Social Services
Race and Ethnicity
One (1) of the following experiential learning courses: *
Experiential Learning
Independent Research
Sacramento Experience Internship
Washington Semester Internship

VII. Undergraduate Public Policy Preparation

Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

ECON 053Introductory Microeconomics4
SOCI 041Social Problems4
Select one of the following Political Science courses:4
Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
Introduction to Public Administration
Four of the following courses, with at least one each coming from the Sociology and the Economics sets:16
Economic Courses
Public Finance
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Labor Economics
Health Economics
Sociology Courses
Environment and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
Urban Society
Other Public Affairs Courses
Public Advocacy
Intercultural Communication
American Immigration
Women in United States History
American Environmental History
Global Environmental Policy
Introduction to Health Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy

VIII. Master of Public Policy Requirements

A minimum of 44 units is required to earn the MPP, including a 38-unit core of required courses.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher is required for award of the MPP.

Core Courses - 38 units in four areas, including:
LAW - 6 units
LAW 212Intro. to Legal Analysis2
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
PUBLIC POLICY - 14 units
PUB 211Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain4
PUB 214Budgets, Financial Management3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 215Capstone: Public Policy Analysis Case4
ANALYTIC TOOLS - 11 units
PUB 221Economic Concepts and Tools4
PUB 233Public Manager Analytics4
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/LEADERSHIP - 7 units
PUB 251Pub Admin: Values, Roles and Skills4
PUB 242Systemic Change3
or PUB 213 Enhancing Societal Capacity


Electives:  At least 6 units.  Elective units may be applied towards an optional area of concentration.

Environmental and Water Policy - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 230Water Resources Law (This course is offered in a 2 and 3 unit format. If taken as 2 units, you must take 1 additional elective unit.)3
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 235Environmental Practice3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 509Special Topics in Environmental Law2 or 3
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Capital Policy Making - 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 576Cap. Lawyering and Pol. Making2
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
Legislative & Public Policy Clinic *
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Public and Non-Profit Leadership - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 101Contracts/Analytical Skills4
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 560Land Use Planning2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
LAW 826Negotiating Disputes Into Deals1
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Policy Change, Institutional Reform, Sustainability - MPA ONLY- 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses:
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3

Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science with Departmental Honors/Master Public Policy Blended Program

Students must complete a minimum of 150 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.5 in order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in political science departmental honors and a 3.0 in the master of public policy degree.

Note:  1) A total of eight upper division units can count towards both degrees.  2) An additional 11 graduate units can count towards the BA degree.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement

Students must complete one year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.

Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Breadth Requirement

Students must complete 60 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline. (Courses include general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

IV. Major Requirements

Minimum 14 courses that include:

POLS 011Introduction to Comparative Politics4
or POLS 151 Principles of Comparative Politics
POLS 021Introduction to Political Theory4
POLS 041U.S. Government and Politics4
or POLS 031 Introduction to Law and Politics in the American Political System
POLS 051Introduction to International Relations4
POLS 133Political Science Research4
One of the following Orientation courses
Cross-Cultural Training I *
Career and Internship Preparation
Minimum 3 units from the following experiential learning courses: **3-4
Political Science Internship
Pre-Law Internship
Undergraduate Research
JCTR 187 Community Affairs Internship
Community Independent Research
Sacramento Experience Internship
Washington Semester Internship
6 Upper-Division Courses with at least one course in four of the following subfields:12
US Government and Politics
Urban Government
California Government and Politics
Introduction to Health Policy
Congress and the Presidency
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Campaigns and Elections
Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
Introduction to Public Administration
Public Law
Courts and Judicial Behavior
Constitutional Law
Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
Criminal Law
Political Theory
Ancient to Medieval Political Theory
Modern to Contemporary Political Theory
American Political Thought
Jurisprudence
Comparative Politics
Western European Comparative Politics
Principles of Comparative Politics
Politics of Asia
Comparative Foreign Policy
International Relations
Global Environmental Policy
Theories of International Politics
International Political Economy
Causes of War
U.S. Foreign Policy
POLS 189Capstone Seminar ***4

VII. Undergraduate Public Policy Preparation

Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

ECON 053Introductory Microeconomics4
SOCI 041Social Problems4
Select one of the following Political Science courses:4
Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
Introduction to Public Administration
Four of the following courses, with at least one each coming from the Sociology and the Economics sets:16
Economic Courses
Public Finance
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Labor Economics
Health Economics
Sociology Courses
Environment and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
Urban Society
Other Public Affairs Courses
Public Advocacy
Intercultural Communication
American Immigration
Women in United States History
American Environmental History
Global Environmental Policy
Introduction to Health Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy

VIII. Master of Public Policy Requirements

A minimum of 44 units is required to earn the MPP, including a 38-unit core of required courses.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher is required for award of the MPP.

Core Courses - 38 units in four areas, including:
LAW - 6 units
LAW 212Intro. to Legal Analysis2
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
PUBLIC POLICY - 14 units
PUB 211Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain4
PUB 214Budgets, Financial Management3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 215Capstone: Public Policy Analysis Case4
ANALYTIC TOOLS - 11 units
PUB 221Economic Concepts and Tools4
PUB 233Public Manager Analytics4
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/LEADERSHIP - 7 units
PUB 251Pub Admin: Values, Roles and Skills4
PUB 242Systemic Change3
or PUB 213 Enhancing Societal Capacity


Electives:  At least 6 units.  Elective units may be applied towards an optional area of concentration.

Environmental and Water Policy - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 230Water Resources Law (This course is offered in a 2 and 3 unit format. If taken as 2 units, you must take 1 additional elective unit.)3
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 235Environmental Practice3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 509Special Topics in Environmental Law2 or 3
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Capital Policy Making - 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 576Cap. Lawyering and Pol. Making2
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
Legislative & Public Policy Clinic *
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Public and Non-Profit Leadership - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 101Contracts/Analytical Skills4
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 560Land Use Planning2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
LAW 826Negotiating Disputes Into Deals1
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Policy Change, Institutional Reform, Sustainability - MPA ONLY- 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses:
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3

Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science - Criminal Justice Concentration with Departmental Honors/Master Public Policy Blended Program

Students must complete a minimum of 150 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.5 in order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in political science - criminal justice concentration with departmental honors and a 3.0 in the master of public policy degree.

Note:  1) A total of eight upper division units can count towards both degrees.  2) An additional 11 graduate units can count towards the BA degree.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement

Students must complete one year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.

Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Breadth Requirement

Students must complete 60 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline. (Courses include general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

IV. Major Requirements

Minimum 14 courses that include:

POLS 011Introduction to Comparative Politics4
or POLS 151 Principles of Comparative Politics
POLS 021Introduction to Political Theory4
POLS 031Introduction to Law and Politics in the American Political System4
POLS 051Introduction to International Relations4
POLS 081Career and Internship Preparation*
or INTL 151 Cross-Cultural Training I
POLS 133Political Science Research4
or INTL 101 Social Science Research Methods
Select three (3) of the following courses, with at least one course from POLS and one course from SOCI
Urban Government
Urban Society
Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
Introduction to Public Administration
Courts and Judicial Behavior
Criminal Law
Jurisprudence
Deviant Behavior
Social Problems
Introduction to Social Services
Race and Ethnicity
Minimum 3 units from the following experiential learning courses: **
Political Science Internship
Pre-Law Internship
Undergraduate Research
Community Affairs Internship
Community Independent Research
Community Independent Research
Sacramento Experience Internship
Washington Semester Internship
POLS 189Capstone Seminar ***4

VII. Undergraduate Public Policy Preparation

Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

ECON 053Introductory Microeconomics4
SOCI 041Social Problems4
Select one of the following Political Science courses:4
Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
Introduction to Public Administration
Four of the following courses, with at least one each coming from the Sociology and the Economics sets:16
Economic Courses
Public Finance
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Labor Economics
Health Economics
Sociology Courses
Environment and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
Urban Society
Other Public Affairs Courses
Public Advocacy
Intercultural Communication
American Immigration
Women in United States History
American Environmental History
Global Environmental Policy
Introduction to Health Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy

VIII. Master of Public Policy Requirements

A minimum of 44 units is required to earn the MPP, including a 38-unit core of required courses.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher is required for award of the MPP.

Core Courses - 38 units in four areas, including:
LAW - 6 units
LAW 212Intro. to Legal Analysis2
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
PUBLIC POLICY - 14 units
PUB 211Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain4
PUB 214Budgets, Financial Management3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 215Capstone: Public Policy Analysis Case4
ANALYTIC TOOLS - 11 units
PUB 221Economic Concepts and Tools4
PUB 233Public Manager Analytics4
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/LEADERSHIP - 7 units
PUB 251Pub Admin: Values, Roles and Skills4
PUB 242Systemic Change3
or PUB 213 Enhancing Societal Capacity


Electives:  At least 6 units.  Elective units may be applied towards an optional area of concentration.

Environmental and Water Policy - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 230Water Resources Law (This course is offered in a 2 and 3 unit format. If taken as 2 units, you must take 1 additional elective unit.)3
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 235Environmental Practice3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 509Special Topics in Environmental Law2 or 3
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Capital Policy Making - 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 576Cap. Lawyering and Pol. Making2
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
Legislative & Public Policy Clinic *
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Public and Non-Profit Leadership - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 101Contracts/Analytical Skills4
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 560Land Use Planning2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
LAW 826Negotiating Disputes Into Deals1
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Policy Change, Institutional Reform, Sustainability - MPA ONLY- 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses:
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Master of Public Policy Blended Program

Students must complete a minimum of 150 units with a Pacific undergraduate cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree and Master of Public Policy degree.

Note: 1) A total of eight upper division units can count towards both degrees. 2) An additional 11 graduate units can count towards the BA degree. 3) Acceptance into the graduate portion of this blended program is conditional on (a) completion of all undergraduate program requirements by the end of the seventh semester at Pacific and (b) a minimum 3.0 cumulative Pacific undergraduate GPA.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement

Students must complete one year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.

Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Breadth Requirement

Students must complete 60 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline. (Courses include general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

IV. Major Requirements

Minimum 13 classes that include the following:

Sociology Core
SOCI 051Introduction to Sociology4
SOCI 071Sociology Cohort Seminar *1
SOCI 079Self and Society *4
SOCI 177Theories of Society and Culture4
SOCI 179Capstone Seminar *3
SOCI 187 Experiential Learning
Select one of the following research methods courses:4
Social Science Research Methods
Political Science Research
Social Research Methods
Electives for Standard Pathway or Concentration21-24
Standard Pathway
SOCI 172Diversity, Equity and Inequality4
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Introduction to Gender Studies
Choose any four SOCI electives (any four SOCI electives, at least one of which must be upper division)
Social Work Concentration
SOCI 081Introduction to Social Services4
PSYC 017Abnormal and Clinical Psychology4
Select four electives from the list below (three of which must be SOCI)
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Introduction to Gender Studies
Biomedical Ethics
Developmental Psychology
Social Psychology
Sociology of Marriage and Family
Social Problems
Food, Culture and Society
Sex and Gender
Sociology of Health and Illness
Housing and Homelessness
Race and Ethnicity
Diversity, Equity and Inequality
Graduate School Preparation (Optional)
Students in the Social Work Concentration who plan to pursue a Master in Social Work (MSW) are advised to complete the following courses, which are prerequisites for many MSW programs:
Introduction to Biology
Elementary Statistical Inference
Community Engagement Concentration
SOCI 041Social Problems4
COMM 143Intercultural Communication4
Select four electives from the list below (three of which must be SOCI)
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Public Advocacy
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Urban Government
Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
Food, Culture and Society
Environment and Society
Social and Cultural Change
Sex and Gender
Housing and Homelessness
Race and Ethnicity
Urban Society
Social Organizations
Diversity, Equity and Inequality
Graduate School Preparation (Optional)
Students who plan to pursue graduate school are advised to complete the following course, which is a prerequisite for many programs:
Elementary Statistical Inference
Diversity and Equity Concentration
SOCI 172Diversity, Equity and Inequality4
SOCI 123Sex and Gender4
SOCI 141Race and Ethnicity4
Select three electives from the list below (two of which must be SOCI)
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Communication & Health
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Introduction to Gender Studies
Women in United States History
His-panic USA
Biomedical Ethics
American Political Thought
Introduction to Health Policy
Sociology of Marriage and Family
Food, Culture and Society
Environment and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Urban Society
Social Organizations
SOCI 193 Education and Inequality
Graduate School Preparation (Optional)
Students who plan to pursue graduate school are advised to complete the following course, which is a prerequisite for many programs:
Elementary Statistical Inference

Note: 1) Work toward the major shall include no more than three courses transferred from another institution. 

VII. Undergraduate Public Policy Preparation

Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

ECON 053Introductory Microeconomics4
POLS 041U.S. Government and Politics4
SOCI 041Social Problems4
Select four of the following, with at least one each from Economics and Political Science:
Economics courses (Pick at least one)
Public Finance
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Labor Economics
Health Economics
Political Science courses (Pick at least one)
Introduction to Health Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy
Global Environmental Policy
Public Affairs courses
Public Advocacy
Intercultural Communication
American Immigration
Women in United States History
American Environmental History
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
Environment and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Urban Society

VIII. Master of Public Policy Requirements

A minimum of 44 units is required to earn the MPP, including a 38-unit core of required courses.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher is required for award of the MPP.

Core Courses - 38 units in four areas, including:
LAW - 6 units
LAW 212Intro. to Legal Analysis2
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
PUBLIC POLICY - 14 units
PUB 211Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain4
PUB 214Budgets, Financial Management3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 215Capstone: Public Policy Analysis Case4
ANALYTIC TOOLS - 11 units
PUB 221Economic Concepts and Tools4
PUB 233Public Manager Analytics4
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/LEADERSHIP - 7 units
PUB 251Pub Admin: Values, Roles and Skills4
PUB 242Systemic Change3
or PUB 213 Enhancing Societal Capacity


Electives:  At least 6 units.  Elective units may be applied towards an optional area of concentration.

Environmental and Water Policy - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 230Water Resources Law (This course is offered in a 2 and 3 unit format. If taken as 2 units, you must take 1 additional elective unit.)3
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 235Environmental Practice3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 509Special Topics in Environmental Law2 or 3
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Capital Policy Making - 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 576Cap. Lawyering and Pol. Making2
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
Legislative & Public Policy Clinic *
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Public and Non-Profit Leadership - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 101Contracts/Analytical Skills4
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 560Land Use Planning2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
LAW 826Negotiating Disputes Into Deals1
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Policy Change, Institutional Reform, Sustainability - MPA ONLY- 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses:
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3

Bachelor of Arts Major in Sociology - Criminal Justice Concentration/Master of Public Policy Blended Program

Students must complete a minimum of 150 units with a Pacific undergraduate cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn the Bachelor of Arts Major in Sociology - Criminal Justice Concentration degree and Master of Public Policy degree.

Note: 1) A total of eight upper division units can count towards both degrees. 2) An additional 11 graduate units can count towards the BA degree. 3) Acceptance into the graduate portion of this blended program is conditional on (a) completion of all undergraduate program requirements by the end of the seventh semester at Pacific and (b) a minimum 3.0 cumulative Pacific undergraduate GPA.

I. General Education Requirements

For more details, see General Education

Minimum 28 units and 9 courses that include:

A. CORE Seminars (2 courses)

CORE 001Problem Solving & Oral Comm3
CORE 002Writing and Critical Thinking4

Note: 1) CORE Seminars cannot be taken for Pass/No Credit. 2) Transfer students with 28 or more transfer credits taken after high school are exempt from both CORE seminars. Students participating in the First Year Honors Program should complete an honors section of CORE 001 regardless of the number of college transfer units completed. 

B. Breadth Requirement (7 courses, at least 3 units each)

At least one course from each of the following areas:
Artistic Process & Creation
Civic & Global Responsibility
Language & Narratives
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Social Inquiry
World Perspectives & Ethics

Note: 1) No more than 2 courses from a single discipline can be used to meet the Breadth Requirement.

C. Diversity and Inclusion Requirement

All students must complete Diversity and Inclusion coursework (at least 3 units)

Note: 1) Diversity and Inclusion courses can also be used to meet the breadth category requirements, or major or minor requirements.

D. Fundamental Skills

Students must demonstrate competence in:
Writing
Quantitative Analysis (Math)

Note: 1) Failure to satisfy the fundamental skills requirements by the end of four semesters of full-time study at the University is grounds for academic disqualification.

II. College of the Pacific BA Requirement

Students must complete one year of college instruction or equivalent training in a language other than English.

Note: 1) Transfer students with sophomore standing are exempt from this requirement.

III. Breadth Requirement

Students must complete 60 units outside the primary discipline of the first major, regardless of the department who offers the course(s) in that discipline. (Courses include general education courses, transfer courses, CPCE/EXTN units, internships, etc.)

IV. Major Requirements

 Minimum 14 courses that include:

POLS 031Introduction to Law and Politics in the American Political System4
POLS 133Political Science Research4
or INTL 101 Social Science Research Methods
SOCI 033Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice4
SOCI 051Introduction to Sociology4
SOCI 071Sociology Cohort Seminar1
SOCI 079Self and Society4
SOCI 139Corrections4
SOCI 172Diversity, Equity and Inequality4
SOCI 177Theories of Society and Culture4
SOCI 179Capstone Seminar3
Three (3) of the following electives, with at least one POLS course and one SOCI course:
Urban Government
Urban Society
Government in Action: Public Policy Analysis
Introduction to Public Administration
Courts and Judicial Behavior
Criminal Law
Jurisprudence
Deviant Behavior
Social Problems
Introduction to Social Services
Race and Ethnicity
One (1) of the following experiential learning courses: *
Experiential Learning
Independent Research
Sacramento Experience Internship
Washington Semester Internship

VII. Undergraduate Public Policy Preparation

Courses may be used also to meet general education and/or major/minor requirements.

ECON 053Introductory Microeconomics4
POLS 041U.S. Government and Politics4
SOCI 041Social Problems4
Select four of the following, with at least one each from Economics and Political Science:
Economics courses (Pick at least one)
Public Finance
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Labor Economics
Health Economics
Political Science courses (Pick at least one)
Introduction to Health Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy
Global Environmental Policy
Public Affairs courses
Public Advocacy
Intercultural Communication
American Immigration
Women in United States History
American Environmental History
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
Environment and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Urban Society

VIII. Master of Public Policy Requirements

A minimum of 44 units is required to earn the MPP, including a 38-unit core of required courses.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher is required for award of the MPP.

Core Courses - 38 units in four areas, including:
LAW - 6 units
LAW 212Intro. to Legal Analysis2
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
PUBLIC POLICY - 14 units
PUB 211Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain4
PUB 214Budgets, Financial Management3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 215Capstone: Public Policy Analysis Case4
ANALYTIC TOOLS - 11 units
PUB 221Economic Concepts and Tools4
PUB 233Public Manager Analytics4
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/LEADERSHIP - 7 units
PUB 251Pub Admin: Values, Roles and Skills4
PUB 242Systemic Change3
or PUB 213 Enhancing Societal Capacity


Electives:  At least 6 units.  Elective units may be applied towards an optional area of concentration.

Environmental and Water Policy - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 230Water Resources Law (This course is offered in a 2 and 3 unit format. If taken as 2 units, you must take 1 additional elective unit.)3
LAW 507Environmental Law3
LAW 235Environmental Practice3
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 509Special Topics in Environmental Law2 or 3
LAW 510Natural Resources Law3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Capital Policy Making - 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 576Cap. Lawyering and Pol. Making2
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
Legislative & Public Policy Clinic *
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Public and Non-Profit Leadership - 6 Units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses
LAW 101Contracts/Analytical Skills4
LAW 110Contracts4
LAW 209Local Agency Practice2
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 560Land Use Planning2
LAW 802Negotiation and Settlements Seminar2 or 3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
LAW 826Negotiating Disputes Into Deals1
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
Policy Change, Institutional Reform, Sustainability - MPA ONLY- 6 units
Complete 6 or more units from among these courses:
LAW 500Administrative Law3
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
PUB 213Enhancing Societal Capacity3
PUB 219Directed Research1-3
PUB 222Finance for Public Policies3
PUB 234Advanced Policy Analytics3

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify Policy Issue and Analytic Tools

Accurately identify the type of public policy issue confronted and useful tools for guiding analysis and action (e.g., degrees of complexity and uncertainty, extent and depth of conflicts, capacities to make decisions and to implement choices).

2. Analyze Policy and Recommend Action

Analyze and recommend actions with sufficient understanding of relevant values, past history, competitive forces, and adaptive human behaviors to reasonably assess probable longer term effects of public policy choices.

3. Strategically Lead.

Demonstrate capacity to pursue a policy goal by effective engagement at key decision points and mobilization and leverage of critical resources.

4. Diversely Communicate Useful Information to Stakeholders

Convey information effectively in several formats-written, verbal, and web-emphasizing those useful to decision makers, professionals in a field, and citizens.

5. Analytically Produce Public Policy Information

Effectively identify, collect, organize and analyze information, including demographic, economic, fiscal and agency activity data.