Public Policy 

The field of Public Policy provides students with theoretical perspectives, methodological skills, and substantive knowledge for analyzing and evaluating (1) public policies; that is, collective responses to political issues or problems, (2) the processes by which public policies are produced and implemented, including problem recognition and agenda setting, and (3) the social, institutional, and conceptual frameworks that structure policy and policy change, including policy knowledge, norms and framing.

Many faculty in the program study a range of social and environmental policies comparatively, looking at issues that range from renewable energy sources, to work-family supports, to food, agricultural and anti-obesity policies, to a range of environmental policy projects. A number of faculty are interested in foregrounding how policy problems (and potential solutions) affect women, minority groups, poor poeple, and those with less power. Collectively, faculty in the policy field are interested in understanding policy processes and the political context and constraints that influence policy-making.  

Researchers in Public Policy at Purdue bring rigorous grounding in the theory and methods of political science to collaborative interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary partnerships to address complex problems in society.  We partner with researchers across campus and in Centers and Institutes at Purdue's Discovery Park to address real-world challenges facing populations around the globe. We bring core expertise in political institutions, policy processes, political attitudes and behavior, and the importance of culture and context in shaping policy proposals and outcomes.     


Research and Faculty


  • Bachelor of Arts | Undergraduate
  • Environmental Politics and Policy Minor | Undergraduate
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies Certificate | Undergraduate
  • Public Policy Certificate | Undergraduate
  • Master of Arts | Graduate
  • Doctor of Philosophy | Graduate
  • Environmental Policy Certificate | Graduate
  • Social Policy Certificate | Graduate


    • POL 12000 - Introduction To Public Policy And Public Administration
    • POL 15000 - Introduction To Political Thought
    • POL 20000 - Introduction To The Study Of Political Science
    • POL 22200 - Women, Politics, And Public Policy
    • POL 22300 - Introduction To Environmental Policy
    • POL 32300 - Comparative Environmental Policy
    • POL 32700 - Global Green Politics
    • POL 35000 - Foundations Of Western Political Theory: From The Renaissance To Marx
    • POL 35100 - Foundations Of Western Political Theory: From Plato To The Reformation
    • POL 35200 - Selected Topics In Political Theory
    • POL 35300 - Current Political Ideologies
    • POL 42300 - International Environmental Policy
    • POL 42500 - Environmental Law And Politics
    • POL 42800 - The Politics Of Regulation
    • POL 45300 - Marxism And Its Critics
    • POL 50100 - Political Science: Methodology
    • POL 52000 - Special Topics In Public Policy
    • POL 52300 - Environmental Politics And Public Policy
    • POL 52400 - Public Policy And The Family
    • POL 62000 - Proseminar In Public Policy And Processes 
    • POL 62200 - Research Seminar In Public Policy And Public Administration 
    • POL 62300 - Research Seminar In Environmental Policy 

Course content and offerings are subject to change. The University Course Catalog is the official source for all academic requirements. Archived syllabi are available on Course Insights.

Areas of Specialty 

Environmental Policy 

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