To enable students to acquire the tools, understanding and habits of mind necessary to pursue policy problems of their choosing, the major is largely self-designed but with the structure and guidance needed for an education that is both broad and deep.

The curriculum is founded upon WWS courses — cross-listed with multiple departments — that are relevant to the study of policy making, policy analysis and policy evaluation.

Students take courses in at least four disciplines, including economics, history, politics, psychology, sociology and science for public policy. One course in ethics is also required.

Students enroll in policy seminars in their junior year and write a policy thesis in the senior year.