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Politics, Policy, and Law (PPL) Scholars


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Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars

In SPA's three-year BA program, undergraduates use
Washington as a laboratory for experience and learning.

Director's Welcome

Chris Edelson
Chris Edelson
Director, PPL Scholars Program

The Politics, Policy and Law (PPL) Scholars Program is a rigorous three-year BA program in the School of Public Affairs that allows highly motivated students to experience Washington, D.C., as a laboratory for learning inside and outside of the classroom. It is designed to prepare them for successful careers in politics, policy and law. I’m thrilled to serve as the PPL director and am always eager to talk with prospective students interested in the PPL program. Read more »

Areas of study

This innovative, flexible three-year bachelor's cohort program will allow you to emphasize one or all of the constituent disciplines in your chosen course of study. You can major in the following two areas:

  • Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG)
  • Law and Society (LS)
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Become a PPL Scholar

In order to be considered for the PPL Scholars program, you'll submit the PPL Scholars application form in addition to your AU application, adhering to the same deadlines.

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Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson

The Politics, Policy and Law program was the greatest pull for me to come to American University. The ability to study in a small cohort of equally motivated students was one of the biggest reasons I chose PPL. It is extremely helpful to have a group with such diverse career interests. As a student from North Carolina, the diversity of the PPL program is one of its biggest strengths. While the cohort is small, the diversity across geography, sexual orientation, political ideology and economic status is amazing. I've benefited from the many different points of view provided in class discussions and other cohort activities.