Courses

Summer 2020 Course Offerings

Summer 2020

PUB AFF 10 *
Social Problems and Social Change (Covington)

PUB AFF 30 *
Comparative Analysis of Wealth, Policy, and Power (Baldwin)

PUB AFF 40
Microeconomics for Public Affairs (Mynhier)

PUB AFF 80 
How Social Environments Shape Human Development (Santos)

PUB AFF M109
Introduction to Cities and Planning (Comandon)

PUB AFF 110**
Urban Revolution: Space and Society in Global Context (Jahn Verri)

PUB AFF M161
Environmental Justice through Multiple Lenses (TBD)

PUB AFF 175
Communications and Conflict in Public Affairs (Lieben)


Satisfies the GE Requirement, Foundations of Society & Culture: Social Analysis

** PUB AFF 110 satisfies the UCLA Diversity requirement

^ Hybrid Course – lectures will be held in person, but the equivalent of 1 additional meeting will be achieved through online requirements.

Courses in blue are part of the pre-major in Public Affairs.

Courses in green are part of the Theory requirement for the Public Affairs Major.

Courses in pink are part of the Methods requirement for the Public Affairs Major.

Courses in orange are pre-approved elective options for the Public Affairs Major. All others must be petitioned.

2020-21 Lower Division Course Offerings

FALL 2020

PUB AFF 10 *
Social Problems and Social Change (Stoll)

PUB AFF 19 
COVID-19: Communication, Kindness, and Social Well-Being during Pandemic (Levy-Storms)

PUB AFF 30 *
Comparative Analysis of Wealth, Policy, and Power (Christensen)

PUB AFF 50
Foundations and Debates in Public Thought (Segura)

PUB AFF 60
Using Data to Learn about Society (Phillips)

PUB AFF 80 
How Social Environments Shape Human Development (Small)

PUB AFF 99 **
Student Research Program
(choose faculty mentor)

TENTATIVEWINTER 2021

PUB AFF 10 *^
Social Problems and Social Change (Covington)

PUB AFF 20
Power, Politics, and Policy Change in US 

PUB AFF 40
Microeconomics for Public Affairs (Bau)

PUB AFF 80 

How Social Environments Shape Human Development (Holloway)

PUB AFF 99 **
Student Research Program
(choose faculty mentor)

TENTATIVE – SPRING 2021

PUB AFF 10 *
Social Problems and Social Change (Ritterbusch)

PUB AFF 30 *
Comparative Analysis of Wealth, Policy, and Power (Christensen)

PUB AFF 50
Foundations and Debates in Public Thought (Anheier)

PUB AFF 70
Information, Evidence, and Persuasion (Manville)

PUB AFF 99 **
Student Research Program
(choose faculty mentor)

* Satisfies the GE Requirement, Foundations of Society & Culture: Social Analysis

^ Hybrid Course – lectures will be held in person, but the equivalent of 1 additional meeting will be achieved through online requirements.

Courses in blue are part of the pre-major in Public Affairs.

2020-21 Upper Division Course Offerings

FALL 2020

PUB AFF M109/URBN PL M120
Introduction to Cities and Planning (Lens)

PUB AFF 112
Social Movements (Herrera)

PUB AFF 116
Using Qualitative Methods to Understand Social Problems and their Potential Solutions (Armenta)

PUB AFF 120
Urban Poverty and Public Policy (Kaufmann)

SOC WLF/GRNTLGY M142SL
Intergenerational Communication across Lifespan (Levy-Storms)

PUB AFF 187A
Experiential Learning Capstone

PUB AFF 191A
Variable Topics Seminar: Public Affairs: California Policy Challenges: A Policy Maker’s Perspective (Léon)

PUB AFF 191A 
Variable Topics Seminar: Public Affairs: Health Transitions for Emerging Adults (Kuo)

PUB AFF 199
Directed Research in Public Affairs (choose faculty mentor)

TENTATIVE – WINTER 2021

PUB AFF 111
Microeconomics: Market Failure & Inequality (Park)

PUB AFF 113
Policy Analysis: Approaches to Addressing Social Problems (Covington)

PUB AFF 114
People, Organizations, and Systems (Leap)

PUB AFF 115
Using Quantitative Methods to Understand Social Problems and their Potential Solutions (Weisburst)

PUB AFF 116
Using Qualitative Methods to Understand Social Problems and their Potential Solutions (TBD)

PUB AFF M130/SOC WLF M108
Biomedical, Social, and Policy Frontiers in Human Aging (Levy-Storms)

PUB AFF M131/SOC WLF M104C/GRNTLGY M104C/GENDER M104C/CHICANO M106B
Diversity in Aging (Torres-Gil)

PUB AFF 135
Gun Violence (Kaplan)

PUB AFF 140
Race, Rights, and Citizenship: Encounters with the Bureaucratic State (Armenta)

PUB AFF 145
California Policy Issues (Mitchell, Dukakis)

PUB AFF 149
International Housing (Monkkonen)

PUB AFF M161/URBN PL M167
Environmental Justice Through Multiple Lenses (McClellan)

PUB AFF 170
Civil Society, Nonprofit Orgs, Philanthropy Comparative Perspectives (Anheier)

PUB AFF 187B
Experiential Learning Capstone

PUB AFF M191P
Nuclear Weapons (Carnesale)

PUB AFF 199
Directed Research in Public Affairs (choose faculty mentor)

TENTATIVE – SPRING 2021

PUB AFF 110 *
Urban Revolution: Space and Society in a Global Context (Roy)

PUB AFF 121
Race and Inequality (Covington)

PUB AFF 125
School Safety (Astor)

PUB AFF 134
Politics of US Health Policy (Peterson)

PUB AFF 148
US Housing Policy (Kaufmann)

PUB AFF M153/URBN PL MC151/URBN PL C251
Parking (Shoup)

PUB AFF M159/URBN PL M168
Politics of Water (Herrera)

PUB AFF M160/URBN PL M161
Urban Sustainability (Turner)

PUB AFF 165 Advanced Technologies, Law, and Public Policy (Zipperstein)

PUB AFF XXX Law and Public Policy (Zipperstein)

PUB AFF 187C
Experiential Learning Capstone

PUB AFF 199
Directed Research in Public Affairs (choose faculty mentor)

* PUB AFF 110 satisfies the UCLA Diversity requirement

Courses in green are part of the Theory requirement for the Public Affairs Major.

Courses in pink are part of the Methods requirement for the Public Affairs Major.

Courses in orange are pre-approved elective options for the Public Affairs Major. All others must be petitioned.

Course Resources

UCLA Schedule of Classes

UCLA Courses Descriptions

Public Affairs Undergraduate Petition – students who would like to request a substitution, waiver, or exception for the lower division or upper-division courses, must complete a Public Affairs Undergraduate petition and return it to the Student Services Office in 3343 Public Affairs, or via MyUCLA Message Center.

Sample Plans of Study for Public Affairs Majors:

Petitions

Luskin School Petition

Public Affairs Undergraduate Petition – students who would like to request a substitution, waiver, or exception for the lower division or upper division courses, must complete a Public Affairs Undergraduate petition and return it to the Student Services Office in 3343 Public Affairs, or via MyUCLA Message Center.

Luskin UCEAP Academic Planning Form (APF) – students who would like to study abroad are encouraged to complete the Luskin UCEAP APF. Students can list programs and courses of interest and get feedback from the Public Affairs department in regards to receiving credit for their study abroad program. Pre-approval through the APF is high recommended prior to leaving for a study abroad program. Final permission to receive credit for study abroad will be determined once the student returns to UCLA.

Degree Plan Contract – the Degree Plan contract is used to assess a student’s remaining coursework and time to degree. This contract should be used whenever you are requesting to:

  • Switch into the Luskin School of Public Affairs to join the major
  • Double Major

Registrar Office Petitions

Commonly used petitions are listed below. If you need additional services please see the forms page on the Registrar’s website.

Remote Learning Resources

How to use Zoom

Zoom allows students to watch lectures in real time, participate in discussion sections and review sessions, and work with other members of project teams. During remote learning, most UCLA courses will use Zoom’s online platform to deliver course material. Please review a Zoom guide here.

How to host or join a Zoom meeting

1. https://ucla.zoom.us/
2. Click on “Login to Zoom” in the upper left hand corner and login with your UID
3. If you are hosting the meeting, you can share your “Personal Meeting ID” with the meeting attendees; if you are joining the meeting, please ensure you receive the “Personal Meeting ID” prior to your meeting time.
4. Click on either “Join a meeting” or “Host a meeting”

*If you are unable to download Zoom, you can click on “start from your browser” and proceed with a web-based zoom meeting.

CCLE

UCLA Common Collaboration and Learning Environment (CCLE), is used to create class and collaboration websites that allows students to access course materials, assignments, and more. Most UCLA courses will use CCLE as a platform to post live-lectures links or upload lecture recordings. Students not enrolled or waitlisted in a course, but are interested in auditing a class, may request temporary access to a course’s CCLE page per the faculty’s approval. Please contact our team via MyUCLA Message Center to request temporary CCLE access.

Computers and Laptops

Bruin Resources and Tools provides assistance with remote learning equipment and technical support.

If you need a laptop or other equipment from the Campus Library Instructional Computing Commons (CLICC), please complete the Instruction Equipment Request form. Supplies are limited but we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note, you will need an account in our ticketing system to access the form and will be prompted to create one if needed. Once your request has been processed, you will be contacted with a specific day and time to pick up your equipment.

Virtual CLICC Windows desktops are also available. For more information, please see Access a CLICC Virtual Desktop.

If you are experiencing problems with a Library CLICC device, contact the CLICC Service Desk. If the sticker on your device starts with the letters FAC or ITO, please contact UCLA IT Support.

Software Resources (UCLA Library)

Connecting Off-Campus 

Various online resources at UCLA require a virtual connection to allow students, staff, and faculty to remotely access these materials.  To do this,  you will be required to enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) with your BOL and set up your computer to provide UCLA authentication with the UCLA VPN or proxy server. (Computers using a UCLA wired or wireless network connection are automatically authenticated.) We recommend reviewing the UCLA Library’s resources here.

Software Library (Software Shortcut)

All CLICC laptops and desktop stations throughout UCLA libraries are packed with software to help you study, teach, learn, and create. Every quarter, they update a complete list of all the software available on every CLICC computer. You can also use this list to see what is available on Windows and Macintosh operating systems. The UCLA library manages a software library called  Software Shortcut—the Library’s tool for using select software titles through a browser on any computer in any place you have Internet. After following their video tutorials about accessing Software Shortcut on your own browser, you may access Software Shortcut at software.library.ucla.edu  using your BOL.

IT Support

IT Service’s IT Support Center is available to assist with access to UCLA systems using UCLA logon IDs and multi-factor authentication (MFA). 24/7 support is provided for UCLA Logon and multi-factor authentication (MFA), with escalated assistance available as required. During regular business hours (8am-8pm weekdays), assistance is also available for Google Apps for UCLA, Box, Zoom, VPN access, campus network access, and campus phone systems. Please also utilize this resource for general IT inquiries. Staff will be able to either assist directly or refer you to departmental experts for additional help. Phone: 310-267-HELP (4357) or help@it.ucla.edu

Campus Resources

COVID-19

Academic & Professional
Campus & Community
Financial
Health & Well-Being
Title IX

COVID-19

For the latest information from campus resources, in relation to COVID-19, please see the tabs below. Almost all resources have updated their websites to include information pertinent to this unique time. Additionally, the following pages will provide you with the latest developments.

Faculty, staff, and students can email covid19@ucla.edu with any questions regarding UCLA’s response to COVID-19.

Academic & Professional

  • Academic Advancement Program (AAP) – a counseling unit and resource center for first generation, low-income, and historically underrepresented students. AAP strives to provide access, equity, opportunity, and excellence.
  • Bruin Online – Visit Bruin Online to access email accounts, web hosting, learn how to connect to campus networks, and for free software and support
  • Career Center – Offers job listings, campus interviews, workshops, career fairs, and career counseling.
  • Center for Accessible Education – Provides educational support services and programmatic access to students with permanent or temporary disabilities.
  • Education Abroad Program – The official, system-wide study abroad program for the University of California. Partners with 115 universities worldwide and offers programs in 42 countries.
  • Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUM) – “sticking students together for success” by offering a six-week long workshop series for undergraduate students who wish to learn more about graduate school.
  • Libraries, Centers & Institutes – Learn about our campus libraries and research centers.
  • Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) – PPIA is a not-for-profit that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for 39 years. To achieve this goal, PPIA focuses on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership various positions. PPIA’s core programming includes: Junior Summer Institute, an alumni association, a graduate school consortium, and public service weekends. This program is helpful for students interested in pursuing public service graduate programs or professional careers.
  • Registrar’s Office – Answers to frequently asked questions about how COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) may affect UCLA Registrar’s office topics can be found here.
  • Student Book Store – the UCLA Store has developed new programs to assist students in the transition to online courses including an Online Rental option and free delivery options to get students the materials they need.  Additionally, students have access to the following resources for free e-books.
    • REDSHELF (US) – students need to create a free account and find their book in the search bar.
    • VITALSOURCE (North America) – students should set up an account if they don’t have one. VitalSource has provided a full FAQ and set of instructions (including video tutorials for both new and existing users).
    • UCLA LIBRARY – UCLA Library has secured access to digitized versions of books held by University of California. Millions of volumes are now accessible online to students, staff and faculty. If you have questions about your account, please email yrl-circ@library.ucla.edu.

Campus & Community

  • Bruin Commuter Club – provides complimentary access to benefits and incentives to UCLA students who use alternative transportation
  • Bruin Resource Center – Provides valuable resources, services, and learning opportunities by promoting a supportive and inclusive campus community.
  • Evening Campus Escorts – Campus Security Officers provide walking escort services daily. Dial (310) 794-WALK.
  • First to Go – promotes campus involvement and visibility with a focus on the retention and success of all first-generation college students at UCLA.
  • International Students & Scholars Resources – The Dashew Center enhances the UCLA experience for international students and scholars with multicultural programs and services.
  • LGBT Campus Resource Center – Provides a comprehensive range of education and advocacy services fostering unity, wellness, and an open, safe, and inclusive environment for UCLA’s LGBTQ community.
  • MyUCLA – Personalized web portal for the UCLA community.
  • Student Legal Services – Provides legal counseling and assistance to all currently registered and enrolled UCLA students.
  • Undocumented Student Program – Supports undocumented students by providing caring, personalized services and resources that enable students to reach their highest potential.

Financial

CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. You can find additional information here and read the FAQs here.

There are 3 types of new grants available at UCLA as a result of CARE Act.

  1. 1.UCLA CARES Universal Impact Grant ($200)
  2. 2.UCLA Universal Impact Grant ($200)
  3. 3.UCLA CARES Need Based Grant

Health, Well-Being & Resilience

  • Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center – Provides high quality and accessible ambulatory healthcare and education by caring professionals to support the academic success and personal development of all UCLA students.
  • CARE – committed to the eradication of sexual and gender-based violence through creating and sustaining a safe, healthy, and equitable community for all people.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) – Provides counseling and other psychological/mental health services to students. Walk-in hours are Monday-Thursday 8am-4:30pm and Friday 9am-4:30pm in John Wooden Center West. Crisis counseling is also available 24 hours/day at (310) 825-0768.
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Committed to providing an equal learning, working and living environment at UCLA and supports a range of programs to promote these goals campus-wide.
  • Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) – Provides links to a wide variety of resources for enhancing physical and psychological well-being, positive social interactions, healthy sleep, healthy eating, healthy physical activity and more.
  • Rise Center (Campus and Student Resilience) – Provides programs to promote resilience and trains students to help support their peers.
  • UCLA GRIT Coaching Program – GRIT stands for Guidance, Resilience, Integrity and Transformation. In this program, UCLA students receive individualized support from trained peer coaches to manage stress, fostering positive social connections, set goals, and navigate campus resources.
  • UCLA Recreation – Offers a broad array of services and programs including fitness, yoga, dance, martial arts, meditation, sports, and much more.

Title IX

  • Title IX Office/Sexual Harassment Prevention – Provides individual consultations and information about campus policies regarding sexual harassment.
  • UCLA CARE Program – Advocacy Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.
  • UCLA Police Department – UCLA PD sets a standard of excellence in law enforcement and serves a multicultural, educational environment of over 75,000 faculty, staff and students in Los Angeles. It is a part of the statewide UC Police system of about 410 sworn personnel.

FAQ

What is the UCLA Luskin Public Affairs B.A.?

The undergraduate major in Public Affairs combines a multidisciplinary social science curriculum with a year-long experiential learning capstone in the public or private sector. Immersive and academically rigorous, this major is designed to equip students with the conceptual background, methodological training, and communication skills needed to reimagine approaches to public problems, reduce inequities, and confront injustice. You can find more information here.

Why pursue a Public Affairs B.A. at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs?

Located in the “world city” of Los Angeles, UCLA Luskin is a living laboratory that tackles the problems facing communities around the block and across the globe. The school’s multidisciplinary faculty is known for policy-relevant research on a wide range of issues such as immigration, criminal justice, health care, global poverty, child well-being, education policy, environmental justice, transportation, and climate change. UCLA Luskin has for decades produced master’s and doctoral graduates in Social Welfare, Urban Planning and Public Policy, and offered several undergraduate courses. The Public Affairs B.A. greatly expands undergraduate access to the School’s world-class resources and scholarship.

How do I apply to the Public Affairs major?

Students may only apply to the Public Affairs major during winter quarter of their 1st or 2nd year, once they have satisfied certain requirements. Students must complete, with a C or better, at least 5 of the 8 required lower-division Public Affairs courses (including courses taken during the winter quarter). This must include PA 40 & PA 60. You can find the full list of major application requirements here. Admission is not guaranteed.

Transfer students must be admitted into the pre-major upon their admission into UCLA to be eligible to pursue the Public Affairs major. Transfer students who were not admitted into the pre-major are not eligible for the major. You can find more information here.

What are the general education requirements for the Luskin School of Public Affairs?

The Luskin School of Public Affairs follows the same General Education requirements as the College of Letters and Science. You may see that information here.

What minor programs are offered through UCLA Luskin?

Undergraduates may complete a minor in Public Affairs, Gerontology, or Urban and Regional Studies. You can learn more about requirements for these minors here.

What kinds of careers do Public Affairs majors pursue?

The Public Affairs B.A. provides a strong foundation in multidisciplinary social science theories and methods. The B.A. also helps students develop strong analytical, communications, and data analysis skills. In addition, it gives students the opportunity to apply this knowledge in a professional environment to help organizations address social problems and improve the quality of people’s lives. Taken together, the coursework and experiential learning component of the Public Affairs B.A. prepare graduates for entry-level employment in the public, nonprofit, or private sectors. The major also prepares students for graduate study in a wide range of fields including the social sciences, law, public policy, social welfare, urban planning, and education. Career paths for students with a Public Affairs B.A. include law, politics, research and data analysis, business and management, communications, teaching, public health, and academia, among others.

I’m not sure if the Public Affairs major is right for me. Can you help?

Yes, we’d love to meet with you to discuss this. Please reach out to our Undergraduate Advisors for an appointment or drop by during open office hours. What unites students who major in Public Affairs is that they are all interested in making a difference in the world. Some hope to become leaders in government, nonprofits, the private sector, or communities. Others hope to become social entrepreneurs, policy analysts, or activists. Because the major offers considerable flexibility in the required upper-division coursework and in the experiential learning component, students can construct a pathway through the major that fits their interests.

I can’t decide whether the major or minor is the better choice for me. Can you help?

First, our Undergraduate Advisors would love to discuss this with you because the best answer will depend on your goals, interests, and plans for other majors or minors. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to talk to us. A simple answer is that the major may be a better choice because only majors can enroll in the year-long capstone, an experiential learning opportunity. Because we see this experience as what really distinguishes the Public Affairs B.A. from other majors on campus, we highly recommend considering the major. We also recommend the major over the minor because students in the major get priority in signing up for upper-division courses and thus have more access to specific courses that interest them.

Is it feasible to double major, minor, study abroad, etc. with the Public Affairs major?

Yes! It is feasible for Public Affairs students to double major, add a minor, or participate in study aboard, Quarter in Washington, UC Sacramento, Global Internship Program, etc. However, it really depends on your goals, interests, and plans at UCLA. Our Undergraduate Advisors would love to discuss this with you and help you strategize your academic plan. It’s important to speak with your advisors early, as many programs have deadlines quarters in advance and we want to make sure these opportunities do not conflict with your major requirements.

What research opportunities at available at the Luskin School of Public Affairs?

There are multiple ways students can get involved with Undergraduate Research. Students can create a PA 99 (an entry-level research) or a PA 199 (Directed Research in Public Affairs), both are independent research experiences with a faculty advisor. Students may also find employment and research opportunities Luskin Research Centers. Students should visit the Luskin Undergraduate Research page for more information.

I am sure I want to go to graduate school, either right after finishing my undergraduate degree or after working for a few years. Will the B.A. in Public Affairs prepare me to be competitive for graduate school?

Absolutely. The B.A. in Public Affairs is designed to prepare students to be competitive to apply to any of the professional schools (business, law, public policy, social welfare, urban planning, education, public health) and to master’s and doctoral programs in the social sciences and education. Our Undergraduate Advisors can recommend courses, research opportunities, and experiential learning placements tailored to your graduate school aspirations.