Public Affairs Major Curriculum
Join the Public Affairs Program
Adding the Pre-Major
UCLA students*, in good academic standing, may declare the pre-major by completing the Pre-Major Form and then returning it to the Student Services Office in 3357 Public Affairs, or via MyUCLA Message Center.
Pre-Majors will be given priority enrollment in the lower division (pre-major requirement) courses. Students must complete, with a C or better, at least six of the eight lower division courses by the time of application for the major. This must include PA 40 & PA 60.
*For 2018-2019 Only:
Only current Freshman and Sophomores are eligible to pursue the pre-major in Public Affairs for the 2018-19 academic year. Sophomores are advised to meet with a Public Affairs advisor ASAP to determine the feasibility of the program.
Applying to the Major
Students will be eligible to apply to the Major in winter quarter of their sophomore year once they have satisfied the following criteria:
- Completed, with a C or better, at least six of the eight lower division courses. This must include PA 40 & PA 60.
- Completed at least 45 letter graded units.
- Have not exceeded 130 units of coursework.
Applications will be reviewed in spring quarter. Students must enroll in the remaining two lower division courses, if they have not completed them by the time of application submission, in order to be considered for the major.
Admission is not guaranteed. Applications will be reviewed based on academic performance and additional application materials, including essays.
The application for Fall 2019 admission will be available here in Winter 2019.
Students should have a backup major in mind in the event they are not accepted to the Public Affairs major. Common back up majors are Political Science, Sociology, Economics, and Global Studies. You may schedule an appointment with a Public Affairs advisor to discuss suitable options.
- The Public Affairs Pre-Major is part of the College of Letters & Science. Students are welcome to visit the Public Affairs Advising Office for information about the major but the College Academic Counselors remain the primary advising unit.
- The Public Affairs Major is part of the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Students admitted to the major will visit the Public Affairs Advising Office for all counseling needs.
- The Luskin School of Public Affairs requires the same University, Writing, Quantitative Reasoning, Diversity, and General Education Requirements as the College of Letters & Science.
For Students in the Public Affairs Major:
- All upper division courses for the major must be from the PUB AFF subject area. Students can petition to use non-PUB AFF courses but petitions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.