2019-20 Lower Division Course Offerings

FALL 2019

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

Using Data to Learn about Society (Phillips)

PUB AFF 80 *
How Environments Shape Human Development (Holloway)

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


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

Homelessness Policy (Parent)

Power, Politics, and Policy Change in US (TBD)

Microeconomics for Public Affairs (Bau)

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


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

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

Foundations and Debates in Public Thought (Segura)

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.

2019-20 Upper Division Course Offerings

FALL 2019

Introduction to Cities and Planning (TBD)

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

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

Urban Poverty and Public Policy (Kaufmann)

Race, Inequality, and Public Policy (Allen)

Intergenerational Communication Across the Life Span (Levy-Storms)

Urban Sustainability (Turner)

Variable Topics Seminar: Public Affairs: California Policy Challenges: A Policy Maker’s Perspective (de Leon) 

Variable Topics Seminar: Public Policy: Network Science Using R (Steinert-Threlkeld)

Directed Research in Public Affairs (choose faculty mentor)


Microeconomics: Market Failure & Inequality (Park)

Policy Analysis: Approaches to Addressing Social Problems (Covington)

People, Organizations, and Systems (Leap)

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

Biomedical, Social, and Policy Frontiers in Human Aging (Levy-Storms)

Latino Social Policy (Torres-Gil)

California Policy Issues (Dukakis/Mitchell)

Transportation and Land Use: Parking (Shoup)

Environmental Justice Through Multiple Lens (Koslov)

Civil Society, Nonprofit Orgs, Philanthropy Comparative Perspectives (Anheier)

Community Based Research in Planning (Giottonini)

Variable Topics Seminar: Lobbying (Nemerovski)

Directed Research in Public Affairs (choose faculty mentor)


Urban Policy and Planning (TBD)

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

US Housing Policy (Kaufmann)

Politics of Water in Global Cities (Herrera)

Development and Its Governance (Levy)

Research SeminarCapstone (Covington)

Variable Topics Seminar: Public Affairs: Social Movements (Steinert-Threlkeld)

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 3357 Public Affairs, or via MyUCLA Message Center.


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 3357 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.

Registrar Office Petitions

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

Michael S. Dukakis Internship in Public Service Award

Professor Michael Dukakis spearheaded this privately funded internship program to provide UCLA Luskin students with first-hand public service experience in government. As power shifts from Washington, DC to the state and local level, the need for talented public servants has never been greater. The Michael S. Dukakis Internship Program provides stipends for UCLA Luskin undergraduate students serving in non-partisan internships in government, with a special emphasis on California.

The focus for this summer internship is in a government setting, rather than in non-profits or NGOs.  The internships are generally completed over ten weeks during the summer, between June and September.  Students who are currently interning or have completed a government internship during the academic year are also eligible, if they meet the criteria below.

Questions? Contact the Public Affairs Undergraduate Advising Office.



  • Students who have secured a government internship meeting the criteria below may apply.
  • The internship must be in a policy related, public service function in a non-partisan government setting. Working for an elected partisan official would not qualify.  Non-partisan city council or county board of supervisors offices qualify, but state senate and assembly, or US Congress do not, nor would working for a non-profit or NGO.
  • The internship site would ideally be in local or state government in California. If the internship is in Washington, D.C. with a Federal agency, the focus of the internship must be on California.
  • The internship award is limited to UCLA Luskin pre-majors, majors, or minors (Gerontology, Public Affairs, or Urban and Regional Studies).
  • The applicant must be enrolled at UCLA the academic year after the award.



We are accepting applications for the 2019 award cycle until Friday, May 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Please visit the application site to submit your materials!

You will be asked to provide information about yourself and your internship. Additionally, you will need to upload the following:

  • A current resume
  • A list of references (at least one). Include name, title, employer, email, and phone number.
  • A 300-500 word statement of how this internship will benefit your long-term career aspirations in public service.

Important Notes & Policies


  • The maximum award is a $1,000 stipend.
  • In some cases, final award amounts may be adjusted for indirect costs and/or taxes. Awards may also affect the students’ financial aid packages.  In all cases, students who are awarded are strongly encouraged to discuss possible financial aid impact with UCLA Financial Aid Office.
  • B.A. in Public Affairs Majors may not use their required experiential learning capstone project for this award.

Campus Resources

Academic & Professional

Campus & Community
Health & Well-Being
Title IX

Academic & Professional

  • 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.
  • Libraries, Centers & Institutes – Learn about our campus libraries and research centers.

Campus & Community

  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Bruin Shelter – Provides a safe, supportive environment for fellow college students experiencing homelessness by fostering a collaborative effort between universities, community-based organizations, and service providers.
  • CPO Food Closet – Provides free food for any UCLA student who may be experiencing hunger and/or struggling to attain food due to financial hardships.
  • Economic Crisis Response Team – Provides support and guidance to students who have self-identified, or are identified by UCLA faculty or staff, as experiencing a financial crisis that impacts their academic success at UCLA.
  • Scholarship Resource Center – Provides scholarship information, resources, and support services to all UCLA students.

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.
  • Campus and Student Resilience – Provides programs to promote resilience and trains students to help support their peers.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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

The new undergraduate major in Public Affairs combines a multidisciplinary social science curriculum with a year-long capstone experience 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.

Why is UCLA launching this undergraduate program now?

UCLA attracts many undergraduates who aspire to make the world a better place. The B.A. in Public Affairs arose from the Luskin School’s desire to provide a rigorous, interdisciplinary major with an applied, experiential component, so that UCLA students who are committed to working to improve the lives of others have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed for effective leadership. In addition, because UCLA’s undergraduate enrollment is expected to rise in response to a call by the UC Regents to enroll 10,000 additional California residents, the B.A. in Public Affairs will help meet the needs of this new generation of students committed to public service.

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.

When will students be able to enroll in classes that count for the Public Affairs major?

Courses for the major will be offered beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. Course offerings will increase each year, with all required courses offered by the 2020-21 school year.

Interested first-year students entering UCLA in the 2018-2019 academic year will be able to select “pre-major” status during Summer Orientation and during their first year on campus. These students should enroll in Lower Division courses for the major in 2018-2019 and will be able to apply to the major in the spring of their sophomore year. Please consult with our Undergraduate Advisor to plan your four-year program of study in the major.

Interested UCLA students who will be sophomores in the 2018-19 school year will be considered for the pre-major if they have already taken enough relevant coursework. If you think you may be interested in the Public Affairs major, please consult as soon as possible with our Undergraduate Advisor. Although we are not able to admit into the major students who will be UCLA juniors or seniors in 2018-2019, such students may enroll in Public Affairs courses and may minor in Public Affairs.

How do I apply to the Public Affairs major?

Students applying for admission to UCLA for the fall of 2019 will be able to select pre-major status in Public Affairs at the time of application to UCLA or during Summer Orientation. All pre-majors must apply for admission to the major in early spring of the sophomore year. Admission is not guaranteed.

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 Advisor 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 Advisor 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.

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 Advisor can recommend courses, research opportunities, and experiential learning placements tailored to your graduate school aspirations.