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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.

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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.

Learn more about admission to AU.

Roquel Crutcher

Roquel Crutcher

I chose the School of Public Affairs' Politics, Policy and Law program because there is no other like it at any other college or university. This program very effectively groups all of us together and lets us feed off of each other. Not only do we take a cohort class together, we live on the same floor for the first year. The interesting thing about living with the PPL scholars is that when we're not talking about law-related things, we are still talking about law-related things. I learn something everyday just by talking to my peers, and that is the beauty of the program.