Majoring at WWS

The WWS Undergraduate Concentration

The Woodrow Wilson School offers a multidisciplinary liberal arts major for students who are passionate about public policy.

The goal of the major is to provide students with the capacity to:

  • think analytically and critically;
  • deliberate collectively;
  • balance competing interests; 
  • think about public policy issues in a broader ethical framework;
  • communicate effectively; and
  • cultivate initiative, entrepreneurship and leadership. 

The School's curriculum is an interdisciplinary program consisting chiefly of courses from the social sciences. In addition to a task force and a policy research seminar, each student is required to take core courses and to complete a set number of courses in one of a choice of policy areas. The curriculum combines knowledge and perspective from multiple disciplines while ensuring the mastery of one subject or set of issues sufficient to provide a foundation for future expertise.

Majors are required to know or take statistics and must be able to use the basics of single-variable calculus in order to take economics courses and some of the courses in science policy. Students also are required to complete at least one foreign language course beyond the University requirement. In addition, WWS requires a cross-cultural experience, such as study abroad, or policy-relevant field experience, such as an internship in the U.S. or abroad.

For inquiries please contact the Undergraduate Program Office at or (609)258-4861.