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Undergraduate Programs

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs offers undergraduate minor programs in Public Affairs, Gerontology, and in Urban and Regional Studies.  Each program offers an excellent interdisciplinary focus on problem-solving, analysis, and serves as an entry point to further graduate studies in law, policy, planning, and social welfare.  Undergraduate students in the minor programs gain insight into current issues such as crime and drugs, the environment, labor policies, national security, and policy issues related to the State of California.

Minor in Public Affairs

Applied public policy is an increasingly important element of any modern education. The Minor in Public Affairs complements a liberal arts or science major through a systematic examination of a broad range of public policy issues, mainly through the analysis of specific social, political and economic problems addressed by each of the three departments in the School of Public Affairs: Social Welfare, Urban Planning, and Public Policy. The underlying questions examined in our classes range from how to design cities to reduce traffic problems, to the complexities of the legislative process, to the problems and challenges of eldercare, among many others.

The Public Affairs Minor requires the completion of seven (4 unit) classes. As shown in more detail below, the requirements for the minor have four parts meant to be taken in more or less this order:

    1.    An introductory course in public policy (Public Policy 10A)
    2.    an applied course focused on a specific policy issue,
    3.    4 upper division electives, and
    4.    a final “capstone” seminar.

While the minor draws on all three departments, students are encouraged to use the 4 electives to “specialize” in one of these departments.

Additional Information:

QUESTIONS?

Contact the counselor for undergraduate minors, Stan Paul, 310-206-8966, paul@publicaffairs.ucla.edu.

 

Minor in Gerontology

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs’ Department of Social Welfare, in collaboration with the School of Medicine Division of Geriatrics and the School of Public Health, announces the addition of the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Minor (GIM).

As of Winter quarter 2012, undergraduate students may enroll to the interdisciplinary GIM, which utilizes UCLA’s professional schools and College resources to create an enhanced academic experience in aging.

The restructured GIM will provide UCLA students the following:

  • A foundation understanding of the current state of the science related to the biopsychosocial aspects of human aging;
  • an ability to assess longevity’s potential contribution and challenge to contemporary society;
  • an appreciation of the diversity of aging over the life course and its impact on late life outcomes; and the opportunity to relate knowledge of gerontology to life-long personal and professional contributions to a diverse aging society.

For more information on the Gerontology minor read the Gerontology Announcement.

QUESTIONS?

Contact the counselor for undergraduate minors, Stan Paul, 310-206-8966, paul@publicaffairs.ucla.edu.

Minor in Urban and Regional Studies

The scale, diversity, balkanized governance, and natural environment of Southern California all contribute to making it an extraordinary natural laboratory for learning about urban and regional issues, whether the focus is on immigration, employment, the built environment, transportation, poverty, natural resources or a host of other challenges. The Minor of Urban and Regional Studies will offer undergraduates a means of addressing some of these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, offering a balanced mixture of theory, practice, and service learning courses.

The Urban and Regional Studies Minor requires the completion of seven (4 unit) classes. As shown in more detail below, the requirements for the minor consist of three parts meant to be taken in the order listed.

    1.    An introductory course in urban planning (Urbn Pl 120 or 121)
    2.    five upper division electives, and
    3.    a final “capstone” course.

View "Rediscovering the Urban River: Los Angeles and Beyond," a capstone project by Urban and Reigonal Planning undergraduates students.

QUESTIONS?

Contact the counselor for undergraduate minors, Stan Paul, 310-206-8966, paul@publicaffairs.ucla.edu.