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

^ 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.

** 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.

2020-21 Lower Division Course Offerings

FALL 2020

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

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)

WINTER 2021 (tentative)

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)

SPRING 2021 (tentative)

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/UP 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)

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 M191P/PUB PLC CM191B
Variable Topics Seminar: Public Policy: Network Science with R (Steinert-Threlkeld)

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

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

WINTER 2021 (tentative)

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 WEL M108
Biomedical, Social, and Policy Frontiers in Human Aging (Levy-Storms)

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

PUB AFF 145
California Policy Issues (Mitchell, Dukakis)

PUB AFF M153/UP MC151/UP C251
Parking (Shoup)

PUB AFF M159/UP M168
Politics of Water (TBD)

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

PUB AFF 187B
Experiential Learning Capstone

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

SPRING 2021 (tentative)

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

PUB AFF 121
Race and Inequality (TBD)

PUB AFF 134
Politics of US Health Policy (Peterson)

PUB AFF 148
US Housing Policy (Kaufmann)

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. Most UCLA courses will transition their in-person classes to Zoom’s online platform to maintain an effective learning environment. 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 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

Loaner Equipment

Instructional equipment for loan is available for faculty and students for the Spring 2020 quarter. Equipment requests will be distributed through the UCLA library’s team. Please submit a request through this form: https://jira.library.ucla.edu/servicedesk/customer/portal/3/create/195

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

Additional Campus Resources

Center for the Advancement of Teaching: https://www.teaching.ucla.edu/resources/student-remote-learning 

Student Affairs: Services Available during the Safer at Home Orders: https://www.adminvc.ucla.edu/covid-19/student-affairs-services-during-safer-at-home-orders

COVID-19 Resources

Campus Updates

UCLA officials have decided to offer remote instruction through the end of the summer quarter and will provide updates as they become available. The State of California (PDF), Los Angeles County (PDF), and City of Los Angeles (PDF), among other nearby jurisdictions, ordered all residents to stay home starting 11:59 p.m., March 19, 2020. Read how this affects the UCLA community here. Effective immediately, all UCLA students who plan to come to campus for any purpose, including class, work, or other activities, are required to access a survey each day to monitor themselves for symptoms of the coronavirus per the UCLA Requirements for COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring for Students (PDF). Please learn more here.

For more information, please review these resources.

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

Call for Blood Donations: COVID-19 Critical Blood Shortage

The UCLA Blood and Platelet Center is experiencing a shortage of donated blood because blood drives have been canceled and there have been fewer donors on campus during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are encouraging all healthy people to donate blood, especially during this unprecedented time. Each donor will receive a gift (movie tickets, campus meal vouchers, hospital meal vouchers, UCLA store gift cards, or 4 Hours of Blood Time for eligible employees). Please click here for more information.

Financial Assistance

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.UCLA CARES Universal Impact Grant ($200)

2.UCLA Universal Impact Grant ($200)

3.UCLA CARES Need Based Grant

General UCLA Resources 

For a more comprehensive list of resources, UCLA Basic Needs and the Community Programs Office (CPO) have created a guide with information on food, housing, financial support, and other support services that can be accessed virtually. The guide can be found here and if you have questions email basicneeds@ucla.edu

Physical and Mental Health Services

The Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center

The Ashe Center remains open to serve our student community. For a list of available services, updates from various departments, and how to stay Safer at Home while seeking care, click here. Students who develop symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should contact The Ashe Center immediately at (310) 206-6217 to determine the need for diagnostic testing and treatment. Please self-isolate, and do not attend class or eat in the dining halls until after you have spoken with someone from The Ashe Center.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS provides counseling and other psychological/mental health services to students. CAPS has transitioned to telehealth services only. They are open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily, Monday – Thursday and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Fridays. Crisis counseling is also available 24 hours/day at (310) 825-0768.

UCLA CARE 

CARE remains engaged with campus, local, state, and national agencies as information related to COVID-19 continues to evolve. CARE is still connecting with clients. However, due to California’s Safer at Home order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all of our appointments will be done remotely. You can request an appointment by clicking here. You can also e-mail advocate@careprogram.ucla.edu to make, cancel, or reschedule an appointment. You can also leave us a voicemail at (310) 206-2465 with your information and we will call you back. We will respond to all requests during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:30 pm.

Rise Center

Our Mission is to promote resilience skills — emphasizing connection and belonging, service, self-efficacy and mastery, and self-reflection. Feel free to these Meditation, Grounding, & Yoga exercises!
The RISE Center has made this video to address the issues our students are facing when balancing college and home life in remote learning environments, along with ways in which students can negotiate their learning environments considering some of the challenges that arise. Students and faculty are encouraged to watch this video!

Textbooks & E-Books

All students have been directed to the UCLA Store website as their first resource for books.  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.

    • Students need to create a free account and find their book in the search bar.
  • 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. Learn more here. If you have questions about your account, please email yrl-circ@library.ucla.edu.

Luskin Undergraduate Scholarships

The Llewellyn Eugene Dudley Centennial Undergraduate Scholarship

The Llewellyn Eugene Dudley Centennial Undergraduate Scholarship was established to honor Eugene ‘Gene’ Dudley who “spent his life making the world a better place.” Mr. Dudley dedicated his life to public service, including a 25-year career with the City of Los Angeles, where he worked with the Aging, Community Development and Housing departments.

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA and UCLA Financial Aid Office
  • Transfer, CA Dream Act, and Visa students are eligible.

AWARD AMOUNT:

  • Up to $2000

APPLICATION:

  • Complete the Academic Works General Application at UCLA’s scholarship portal
  • Write an essay (500 words or less, double-spaced) that tells us about your professional aspirations, intellectual interests, and personal experiences as they relate to your major in Public Affairs. (You should compose your essay and then copy and paste into the application.)

 TIMELINE:

  • Applications will open on Monday, June 1, 2020.
  • Application and supporting materials must be submitted by Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
  • Applicants will be notified by Monday, August 3, 2020.

The Shell Family Centennial Scholarship

The Shell Family Centennial Scholarship was established “to support the education of future leaders, who will undoubtedly work in public service after graduation.” This opportunity supports undergraduate students in the Luskin School of Public Affairs that have declared the Public Affairs major.

 ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA and UCLA Financial Aid Office
  • Transfer, CA Dream Act, and Visa students are eligible.

AWARD AMOUNT:

  •  Up to $6000

APPLICATION:

  • Complete the Academic Works General Application at UCLA’s scholarship portal
  • Write an essay (500 words or less, double-spaced) that tells us about your professional aspirations, intellectual interests, and personal experiences as they relate to your major in Public Affairs. (You should compose your essay and then copy and paste into the application.)

TIMELINE:

  • Applications will open on Monday, June 1, 2020.
  • Application and supporting materials must be submitted by Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
  • Applicants will be notified by Monday, August 3, 2020.

Experiential Learning Capstone Support

A limited number of stipends will be available for students participating in their required experiential learning capstone.  Awards of up to $200 may be used for transportation or research expenses related to the senior capstone.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Limited to seniors in the Public Affairs major
  • Complete the FAFSA by March
  • Demonstrate financial need based on FAFSA and UCLA Financial Aid Office
  • Transfer are CA Dream Act are eligible.

AWARD AMOUNT:

  • Up to $200

APPLICATION:

  • Complete the Academic Works General Application at UCLA’s scholarship portal
  • Briefly explain (100 words or less) how you will use the stipend for your Public Affairs capstone.

TIMELINE:

  • Applications will open on Monday, June 1, 2020.
  • Application and supporting materials must be submitted by Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
  • Applicants will be notified by August 31, 2020.

 

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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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.

APPLICATION:

We will be accepting applications for the 2020 award cycle from Monday, March 23 to an EXTENDED DEADLINE of Friday, May 22 at 5:00 pm PSTYou may access the application here.

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.
  • A. in Public Affairs Majors may not use their required experiential learning capstone project for this award.

 

Campus Resources

Academic & Professional

Campus & Community
Financial
Health & Well-Being
Title IX

Academic & Professional

Registrar – Answers to frequently asked questions about how COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) may affect UCLA Registrar’s office topics can be found here.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Financial

  • 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.

FAQ

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.