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Courses for PPL Scholars

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PPL Scholars

Course of Study

The Politics, Policy, and Law (PPL) Scholars Program is a rigorous, multidisciplinary three-year program that brings together the complementary disciplines of the School of Public Affairs. The PPL program will introduce you to the principles, practices, and institutions of politics and law from quantitative and qualitative, philosophical, and social science perspectives.

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 Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government (CLEG) in the department of Government or Law and Society in the department of Justice, Law and Criminology. The PPL program will prepare you for a challenging and successful career in government, law, public administration and policy, criminal justice, media, non-profits, or the like.

The benefits of the Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars Program include:

  • Studying in a cohort of motivated, passionate students 
  • Completing original research and writing with top faculty
  • Participating in year-round enrichment programs to enhance the PPL experience
  • Pursuing special summer experiential learning opportunities
  • Working with the program director and faculty mentors on academic and career goals 

Opportunities for further study

Upon completion of the program, students will earn a PPL Scholars Program BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: CLEG, or a PPL Scholars Program BA in Law and Society.

PPL scholars will also be able to earn a 12-credit undergraduate certificate in Justice and Law Research.

Those who maintain a B average, and wish to continue their studies at the next academic level through our combined BA/MA program, will be eligible to apply during the second semester of their second academic year (which will result in a BA in 3 years and a MA by the end of the 4th year).

Choosing a major within the PPL program

PPL scholars will progress through the three-year curriculum as a cohort while branching out to one of two tracks for academic study, the CLEG track or the Law and Society track. Each track allows students to take complementary courses that focus on a particular aspect of public affairs scholarship and practice. PPL scholars will supplement their coursework with a special research and writing seminar, taken each semester, to enhance preparation for professional fields in politics, policy and law. In addition to the PPL curriculum, students have the flexibility to select courses from a broad range of disciplines taught outside the School of Public Affairs as part of the university’s general education program, the foundation of our liberal arts education.