Policy Studies

About the Major

Policy studies combines the disciplines of government studies at all levels with leadership, nonprofit management, social science, and community development. You can also choose classes built around your specific interests, such as the environment, city government and planning, metropolitan development, or other areas.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: strategic planning, critical thinking, and leadership.

Engaged Learning Experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes.  Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IUPUI’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Nonprofit and voluntary sector
  • Public management
  • Political action and civic engagement
  • Law and public policy
  • Management science
  • Policy processes in the United States


Possible Careers

  • Policy analyst
  • Legislative analyst
  • Strategic planner
  • Government relations representative
  • Corporate public affairs specialist
  • Researcher

Where could I work?

  • Indiana state legislature
  • Government offices
  • City government
  • State government

Enterprise, Policy, and Planning Cluster

This major is part of the Enterprise, Policy, and Planning (EPP) cluster. The EPP cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing or interested in business; economics; labor studies; organizational leadership; public and environmental affairs; sport management; and tourism, conventions, and event management.

Learn about the EPP cluster

Learn about other clusters

Meet with an advisor or career consultant

Schedule an appointment