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.


As a public policy and political economy major at Rollins, you’ll study the many ways politics and economics interact in the formation of public policy. You’ll learn how to analyze the tradeoffs made among competing values when producing public policy. You’ll acquire a broad understanding of major public policies as well as an understanding of the theoretical approaches of various disciplines used to study policy problems. Finally, you’ll evaluate the outcomes of government decision makers and how to design more effective programs.

Public Policy & Political Economy Careers

Students majoring in public policy and political economy at Rollins will acquire the analytical and practical skills that will prepare them for careers in business, law, or the public and/or private sector. Typical avenues after graduation will be to earn a master's degree in public policy, urban planning, or regional planning; earn a J.D. degree or an MBA; or work in the public or private sector and enter politics. Students can also pursue graduate programs in economics or political science.

Major Requirements

The public policy and political economy major requires 14 courses, including eight core courses, five electives, and a senior year experience. Visit the Rollins catalogue for full curriculum details

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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