In addition to the undergraduate major in Public Affairs, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs also offers undergraduate minor programs in Public Affairs, Gerontology, and Urban and Regional Studies.

Public Affairs

The Public Affairs minor teaches undergraduate students the skills of policy analysis and exposes them to many of the local, state, national, and international issues facing today’s policymakers and opinion leaders. Courses explore the public (governmental) and nonprofit sectors and provide a theoretical, conceptual, and practical foundation for students. Particular attention is given to the vexing issues facing urban areas and urban planners, social welfare and social workers, and public policies that affect individuals and groups of people in their public and private lives.

The Public Affairs minor requires a subset of the courses required for the major in Public Affairs. A key difference is that minors are not able to enroll in the three-quarter experiential learning capstone experience.

Course Requirements

The new minor in Public Affairs will be effective Winter 2019

Lower Division Courses (2 courses):

  • Public Affairs 10
  • Public Affairs 40 (Microeconomics) or Public Affairs 60 (Statistics)

Upper Division Courses (5 courses):

Students must complete five upper division courses. If three theory/methods courses are chosen, then only two electives are required. Conversely, if two theory/methods courses are chosen, then three electives are required.

  • Choose two or three theory and methods courses from the following lists:
    • Theory Courses
      • PA 110. The Urban Revolution: Space and Society in a Global Context (4 units)
      • PA 111. Microeconomics: Addressing Market Failures and Inequality (4 units)
      • PA 112. Social Movements (4 units)
      • PA 113. Policy Analysis: Approaches to Addressing Social Problems (4 units)
      • PA 114. People, Organizations, and Systems (4 units)
    • Methods Courses
      • PA 115. Using Quantitative Methods to Understand Social Problems and their Potential Solutions (5 units)
      • PA 116. Using Qualitative Methods to Understand Social Problems and their Potential Solutions (5 units)
  • Choose two or three elective courses from the Luskin School of Public Affairs
    • Elective courses will vary year to year, please see the Upper Division Offerings for the current options. Students may choose from upper division, undergraduate courses (100-199) within any of the four Luskin School academic units:
      • Public Affairs (Pub Aff)
      • Public Policy (Pub Plc)
      • Social Welfare (Soc Wlf)
      • Urban Planning (Urbn Pl)

Declaring the Minor and Policies

  • Requirements to Enter the Minor
    Once completed, please see an undergraduate advisor to officially declare the minor:

    • Overall grade-point average of 2.0
    • Public Affairs 10 with a grade of B or better
  • Policies
    • Requests to substitute the lower division courses will not be approved. If students have taken a course in statistics or economics it is recommended that they take the other course to satisfy the second lower division requirement.
      • For example, if a student took Stats 10 it is recommended that they choose PA 40 as their second lower division course.
    • By petition only, students may request to use one outside course (not from a Luskin academic unit) as an elective towards the minor.
    • Fieldwork and internship courses, such as Social Welfare 130A, 130B, and Urban Planning M165, may not be applied toward the minor.
    • A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.
    • Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.
    • Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.

Contact

Students are encouraged to contact the Undergraduate Minor Advisor via MyUCLA Message Center for questions.

Brent Showerman
Undergraduate Advisor
Room 3357N
(310) 794-9245

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, offers the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Minor (GIM).

Undergraduate students may enroll in the interdisciplinary GIM, which utilizes UCLA’s professional schools and College resources to create an enhanced academic experience in aging.

The GIM provides 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.

Course Requirements

Core Course

  • Social Welfare/Gerontology CM 108 with a grade of B or better

Elective Courses (16 units)

  • Choose four courses from the following options:
    • Public Health:
      • COM HLT 283
      • COM HLT 290
      • COM HLT 291
    • Psychology
      • PSYCH 124C
      • PSYCH 150
    • Interdepartmental Base/Cross-listed
      • GER M104C (CHC M106B)
      • GER M104D (SW M104D)
      • GER M119O (PSYCH M119O)
      • GER M119X (PSYCH M119X)
      • GER M142SL (SW M142SL)
      • GER M165 (DIS STUD M130, SW M165)

Research/Internship Courses (8 units)

  • Choose two courses from the following options:
    • GER 199 Research Internship with Faculty Member
    • GER 195 Corporate or community partnership
    • Students may elect to do two 199 or two 195 courses to fulfill these 8 units

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Declaring the Minor and Policies

Requirements to Enter the Minor:

  • Overall grade-point average of 2.0
  • Social Welfare/Gerontology CM 108 with a grade of B or better
    • Note: If you are or have been a freshman GE Aging Cluster 80A student and earned a grade of B or better, as well as have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better, you do not have to take CM 108.

Policies:

  • A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.
  • Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.
  • Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.

Contact

Students are encouraged to contact the Undergraduate Minor Advisor via MyUCLA Message Center for questions.

Brent Showerman
Undergraduate Advisor
Room 3357N
(310) 794-9245

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 in Urban and Regional Studies offers undergraduates a means of addressing some of these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, offering a balanced mixture of theory, practice, and service learning courses.

Course Requirements

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

  1. Introductory course in urban planning
  2. Five upper-division electives from Urban Planning
  3. A final capstone course

Required Core Course:

  • Urban Planning 120 or 121 (with a grade of C or better)

Elective Courses (five courses)

  • Urban Planning/Luskin School Courses (at least 3, but up to 5, from the list below)
    • Anything Urban Planning 100-199
    • PUB AFF 10 (Social Problems/Social Change
    • PUB AFF 110 (Urban Revolution)
    • PUB AFF 120 (Urban Poverty and Policy)
    • PUB AFF M153 (Parking)
    • PUB AFF M148 (US Housing Policy)
    • PUB AFF 152 (Local Policy)
    • PUB AFF 160 (Urban Sustainability)
    • PUB AFF M142 (Latino Social Policy)
  • Outside of the Luskin School (an outside course is not required, but students can take up to 2 courses from the list below)
    • African American Studies: M120 (same as Public Policy M120)
    • Anthropology: 146 (formerly 167)
    • Architecture & Urban Design: CM153
    • Arts Education: M102
    • Art History: C145A
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering: 181
    • Chicano Studies: M106, 120, M122, M127, M128, M130, 132, 191 (depends on topic)
    • Economics: M134A, M134B, 137
    • Environment: M153 = Architecture & Urban Design CM153
    • Geography: M115, M128, 140, 150, 151, 156, 167
    • Global Studies: 100B
    • History: 145A
    • Sociology: 158

Capstone Project:

  • May be satisfied by one of the following:
    • URBN PL 195 – Internship in Urban Planning
    • URBN PL 199 – Directed Research in Urban Planning

Declaring the Minor and Policies

Requirements to Enter the Minor

  • Overall grade-point average of 2.0
  • Completion of 90 or more units
  • Urban Planning 120 or 121 with a grade of C or better
  • Recommended: An introductory course in geography, political science, or sociology

Policies

  • A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.
  • Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.
  • Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.

Contact

Students are encouraged to contact the Undergraduate Minor Advisor via MyUCLA Message Center for questions.

Brent Showerman
Undergraduate Advisor
Room 3357N
(310) 794-9245

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