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Public Policy Analysis Major

Public Policy Analysis melds traditional academic fields like economics or biology with hands-on policy study for future leaders.

Public Policy Analysis is a unique major for undergraduate study. We seek to provide a distinctive liberal education for leaders in our global society, who will face complex and challenging issues and decisions.

Our program is hands-on and problem-focused. We offer an array of analytical techniques, a wide perspective on social issues, and practical experience.

You’ll choose from 11 formal concentrations: anthropology, biology, chemistry, economics, environmental analysis, geology, physics, politics, psychology, science-technology-and-society, sociology or design your own.

Our seniors complete a 180-hour policy-related internship and a thesis. 

Professor David Menifee-Libey and a student on the Carnegie Hall steps
Professor David Menifee-Libey and a student on the Carnegie Hall steps
Former Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter leads a seminar
Former Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter leads a seminar

What You’ll Study

    • Four courses of public policy
    • Statistical or quantitative methods
    • A public policy elective like Education Politics and Policy
    • Courses in your concentration
    • Senior thesis and internship
Each PPA major spends 180 hours in a semester-long internship.

Learning at Pomona

Jose Huerta Gutierrez slideshow

Exploring the U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis

During the 2019 summer, Jose Huerta-Gutierrez ’20 worked as a communications and development intern for the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies in San Francisco where he crafted important media content.


Kelly Mchugh

Exploring Health Disparities in Tennessee

Kelly McHugh ’19 split her summer in Nashville interning for Tennessee’s State Department of Health and Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, exploring how these organizations address health disparities.

Lauren Schoen
Lauren Schoen ’20

The PPA program is unique at Pomona in that it requires students to do a substantive internship either the fall semester of senior year in the Claremont/Los Angeles area or the spring semester of junior year through the CMC Washington Program. I know that my internships and classes have fully prepared me for whatever steps I take after graduation.

Faculty & Teaching

Our multidisciplinary program includes faculty liaisons in 10 different departments. The professors advise students interested in their departments’ PPA concentrations about elective courses, internships and senior theses.

Professor Richard Worthington

The major combines a broad liberal arts curriculum and the focus of an academic concentration with the hands-on, problem-focused approach of policy studies. We work to help students apply the rigor of natural sciences, social sciences and policy analysis tools to field research and practical experience so they can analyze and affect an important policy issue.