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Public Affairs 10

Public Affairs 60

Public Affairs 80

Public Affairs 110

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Public Affairs 10: Green

Public Affairs 60: Pink

Public Affairs 80: Orange

Public Affairs 110: Purple

Courses

2018-19 Lower Division Course Offerings

FALL 2018

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

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

PUB AFF 80
How Environments Shape Human Development (Holloway)

WINTER 2019

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

PUB PLCY 10B **
California Policy Issues (Dukakis/Mitchell)

PUB AFF 20
Power, Politics, and Policy Change in US (Patterson)

PUB AFF 40
Microeconomics for Public Affairs (Bau)

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

SPRING 2019

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 (Segura)

*PUB AFF 10 satisfies the GE Requirement, Foundations of Society & Culture: Social Analysis

** PUB PLCY 10B is not a pre-major course for the B.A. in Public Affairs

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

2018-19 Upper Division Course Offerings

FALL 2018

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

PUB AFF 120
Urban Poverty and Public Policy (Kaufmann)

URBN PL 120
Intro to Cities and Planning (Sarmiento)

PUB PLCY 187
Research Seminar, Capstone (Covington)

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

WINTER 2019

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 M142/CHICANO CM177
Latino Social Policy (Torres-Gils)

PUB AFF CM153/URBN PL CM151
Transportation and Land Use: Parking (Shoup)

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

PUB AFF M164/PUB PLCY CM182
Science, Technology, and Public Policy (Carnesale/Villasenor)

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

PUB PLCY 187
Research SeminarCapstone (TBD)

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

SPRING 2019

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

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

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

URBN PL 121
Urban Policy and Planning (Sarmiento)

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

PUB AFF 148
US Housing Policy (Kaufmann)

PUB PLCY 187
Research SeminarCapstone (Tuttle)

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

* PUB AFF 110 satisfies the UCLA Diversity requirement

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.

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 3357 Public Affairs, or via MyUCLA Message Center.

Registrar Office Petitions

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

Campus Resources

Bruin Online
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Bruin Resource Center
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Campus Information & News
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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
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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Provides information on discrimination prevention at UCLA.

Evening Escorts from UCLA Security Officers
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International Scholars Resources
Overview of UCLA’s Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars.

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.

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

my.UCLA
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Scholarship Resource Center
Provides scholarship information, resources, and support services to all UCLA students.

Student Legal Services
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Title IX Office/Sexual Harassment Prevention
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Undocumented Student Program
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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.

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