UT Dallas offers state's first undergrad degree in public policy

UT Dallas will also offer two new minors, in public policy and in science, technology and public policy. | File photo

The University of Texas Dallas will offer an undergraduate public policy degree on legal and legislative issues surrounding science, big data and the internet beginning this fall.

“We’re proud to offer the new bachelor’s degree in public policy at UT Dallas,” UT Dallas Political Science, Public Policy and Political Economy programs head Jennifer Holmes said. “The new degree will give students the opportunity to gain expertise in a field that continues to grow as institutions of all kinds increasingly seek people with the skills needed to solve complex problems in diverse policy areas such as environment, education or health care.”

The new bachelor’s degree in public policy is the first undergraduate degree in that field offered in Texas. It will enable students to analyse proposed solutions for governmental, nonprofit and business problems.

The school will also offer two new minors, in public policy and in science, technology and public policy.

“The science, technology, and policy minor will give students the skills they need to gain employment in an expanding, interdisciplinary field,” Vito D’Orazio, assistant professor of political science, said. “It is a particularly great opportunity for students in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics to expand their studies into the social sciences, and to earn a minor for their efforts.” 

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