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The Public Policy Analysis Program (PPA)

PPA News

Interested in the PPA Major?

We welcome you to attend an information session with PPA students and faculty on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:15 p.m. in the Carnegie Library.


Please join us for the PPA Senior Thesis Conference, Friday, April 24, 2015 in the Hart Room in Smith Campus Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 We'll post a schedule closer to the date but it's a great opportunity to cheer on friends and to learn more about policy research!

Please see our "News and Events" section for more important details regarding all announcements. 

The Program in Public Policy Analysis is one of Pomona College’s most distinctive majors. Usually reserved for graduate level study, this multi-disciplinary major melds education in a traditional academic field (such as economics or biology) with a core curriculum in policy analysis. It combines the broad and disciplined foundations of a liberal arts curriculum with the hands-on, problem-focused approach of policy studies. Seniors in this program complete a 216-hour policy related internship in the fall semester and then a thesis in the spring semester.  The Program in Public Policy Analysis seeks to provide a distinctive liberal education for leaders in our global society, who will face socially complex and ethically challenging issues and decisions. 

The field of public policy analysis has emerged over the past few decades in response to the social need for inquiries and prescriptions which transcend the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. The PPA program accomplishes this by offering a broad array of analytical techniques, a wide perspective on pressing social issues, and practical experience in the dynamics of policy-making organizations.

The program has 11 formal majors, but also welcomes students who design special majors to meet their unique academic interests. In addition to the Director and Associate Director the program is also supported by Departmental Faculty Liaisons.

David Menefee-LibeyProgram Coordinator and Professor of Politics (909) 607-9323Carnegie 4
Hilary LaConteAssociate Director (909) 621-8189Carnegie 104
Student Liaisons
Cole  Story
Patrick Peligri-O'Day
Rachel  Keyser
Jennifer  Okonkwo
Nathalie Folkerts
Saahil Desai

Mailing AddressPomona College, Public Policy Analysis, 425 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711

Phone(909) 621-8189

Fax(909) 607-1274

Campus LocationCarnegie 104