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Public Policy & Political Economy

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

You’ll develop a set of quantitative and communicative skills that prepare you 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 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.

Why Study Public Policy & Political Economy at Rollins

Real World Experience

Through hands-on internships in applied policy analysis, you’ll gain insight into the various ways 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 an MBA.

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Isaac James
“Through coursework and discussions, my awareness of the barriers to social stability for millions of Americans has increased, and my passion for addressing those barriers has increased as well. This program prepares students to design practical solutions to real-world problems.”

Isaac James ’20

Truman Scholar

Rollins Public Policy & Political Economy Careers

Rollins public policy and political economy grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most respected companies.

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James Ryan ’17 ’19MBA

Editorial Manager, European Journal of Marketing

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Michael Purcell ’17

JD Candidate, George Washington University Law School

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Kenzie Helmick ’20

Student Ambassador, The Democracy Project

Real World Experience

Rollins public policy and political economy majors hone their expertise through prestigious internships and fellowships around the country.

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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, conduct significant research, and engage in open discussion.

PPE 119
Contemporary Issues in Public Policy and Economics

Investigate the intersection of economic and political ideas by studying public health policy, education standards, climate change and energy initiatives, and federal debt limits.

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POL 363
American Social Policy

Dissect the relationship between politics and markets and why government intervenes in the economy.

POL 395
Topics in Political Theory

Explore topics like feminist political theory, American political thought, and conservative political thought through research, writing, and classroom discussion.

POL 270
Ethics and Public Policy

Debate the ethical and moral implications of hot-button issues like racial profiling, affirmative action, and the use of nuclear weapons.

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ECO 202
Introduction to Economics in Historical Perspective

Examine the historical context of economics and explore how societies and institutions have evolved in different economic systems.

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SOC 360
Poverty and Social Welfare

Delve into topics ranging from the war on poverty and the American welfare system to the relationship between poverty, welfare, and inequality.

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 organizing 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 ’20 has studied social justice and community development in Chile, focusing on the nation’s transition to a 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.

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Expert Faculty

The public policy and political economy major draws faculty from both political science and economics. All professors hold terminal degrees in their fields, and their breadth and depth of expertise help create a rigorous learning environment.

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

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