Public Policy & Political Economy

Learn how economics and political science combine to shape public policy throughout the world, and gain the analytical and practical skills required for myriad careers, from government and politics to business and law.
Prestigious Preparation

Prestigious Preparation

Rollins public policy and political economy major Isaac James ’19 was one of just 62 students nationwide to earn a 2019 Truman Scholarship, the premier graduate scholarship for aspiring public service leaders in the U.S.

Why Study Public Policy & Political Economy at Rollins

Public policy and political economy majors at Rollins learn how economics and political science combine to shape public policy around the world. Students understand and tackle pressing social problems, such as health care, poverty, and social mobility.

Public policy majors develop a set of quantitative and communicative skills that prepare them to analyze public policy challenges and craft meaningful solutions. The program locates public policy questions within an ethical context by considering such questions as what is of value to society and citizens and how best to achieve those values. Responsible leaders understand the implications of policy choices and recognize that decision makers have obligations to their communities.

Public policy majors are prepared to assume leadership positions in both the private and public sectors.

Real World Experience Through internships in applied policy analysis, you’ll gain insight into how policy shapes and is shaped by a community.

Guided Research Connect concepts with real-world application, working alongside expert faculty to conduct research, identify conclusions, and share your findings through professional publication.

Professional Possibilities From private consulting to research think tanks, a PPPE degree appeals to an array of employers. You’ll also be prepared to pursue a master’s in public policy and urban planning or earn a JD or MBA.

Popular Courses

With required courses in politics and economics and electives in relevant fields, our innovative curriculum melds the most useful aspects of several disciplines. You’ll study both theory and practical application.
  • PPE 119 Contemporary Issues in Public Policy and Economics
  • POL 363 American Social Policy
  • POL 395 Topics in Political Theory
  • POL 270 Ethics and Public Policy
  • ECO 202 Introduction to Economics in Historical Perspective
  • SOC 360 Poverty and Social Welfare

Beyond the Classroom

The Democracy Project Co-founded by a PPPE alumnus, this student-led initiative creates a strategic road map to engage students in the electoral process, from monthly voter-registration drives to hosting debates between local candidates.

International Engagement Rollins offers more than 90 study-abroad programs, so you’ll have ample opportunity to hone your skills in a global setting. For instance, PPPE major Kenzie Helmick ’19 has studied social justice and community development in Chile, focusing on the nation’s transition to democracy.

Student-Faculty Research Learn from seasoned mentors while applying your knowledge within a PPPE framework. You’ll work alongside a professor to develop research, draw conclusions, and publish and present your findings.

Major Requirements

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Contact Info

Public Policy & Political Economy Program
Cornell Hall for the Social Sciences
1000 Holt Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
T.: 407.646.2505

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