Courses Offerings

You can view the Public Affairs course offerings for this academic year below. You can access this quarter’s Schedule of Classes via the Registrar’s Office website or via MyUCLA Class Planner 

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)

WINTER 2021

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

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

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

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 60
Using Data to Learn about Society (Csapo)

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

PUB AFF 88S
Tax Policy Reform
(student-led seminar)

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

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

**Students can create a PUB AFF99 contract through their MyUCLA. Please contact an advisor for additional information.

^Satisfied the Diversity Requirement

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

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: Health Transitions for Emerging Adults (Kuo)

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

WINTER 2021

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 (Armenta)

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
Firearm Violence Prevention Policy (Kaplan)

PUB AFF 140
Race, Rights, and Citizenship: Encounters with Bureaucracies (Armenta)

PUB AFF 145
California Policy Issues (Mitchell)

PUB AFF 149
International Housing Policy (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/PUB PLC C290/ PUB PLC CM191B

Crime and Public Policy (Stoll)

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)

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 M158XP
Trees in City (Schwarz)

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

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

PUB AFF 172
Development and Its Governance (Levy)

PUB AFF 180
Lawyers, Law, and Public Affairs (Zipperstein)

PUB AFF 187C
Experiential Learning Capstone

PUB AFF M191P
Advanced Technologies, Law, and Public Policy (Zipperstein)

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

^Satisfies 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.

Session A (6 Weeks)

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

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

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

URBN PL 141
Planning with Minority Communities (Nakaoka)

URBN PL M150
Transportation Geography (Osman)

URBN PL M160
Environmental Politics and Governance (Garrison)

URBN PL M165
Environmentalism: Past, Present, and Future (Lambrou)

URBN PL CM166
Global Environment and Development: Problems and Issues (Miller)

URBN PL M167
Environmental Justice through Multiple Lenses (TBD)

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

PUB AFF 195CE
Community or Corporate Internships in Public Affairs (Mikell)

Session C (6 Weeks)

PUB AFF 40
Microeconomics for Public Affairs (Mynhier)

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

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

URBN PL 121
Urban Policy and Planning (French)


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

** PUB AFF 110 satisfies the UCLA Diversity requirement

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.

FALL 2021

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

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)

WINTER 2022

TBD

SPRING 2022

TBD

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

**Students can create a PUB AFF99 contract through their MyUCLA. Please contact an advisor for additional information.

^Satisfied the Diversity Requirement

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

FALL 2020

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

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

PUB AFF 120
Urban Poverty and Public Policy (Kaufmann)

PUB AFF M125
Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools (Astor)

PUB AFF M176XP
Making Films about Food (TBD)

PUB AFF 187A
Experiential Learning Capstone

PUB AFF 191P
Variable Topics Seminar: Public Policy: Introduction tp U.S. Federal Social Programs (Reber)

PUB AFF M195DC
CAPPP, Washington, DC Internships (Williams)

WINTER 2021

TBD

SPRING 2021

TBD

^Satisfies 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.

UCLA Schedule of Classes

Public Affairs 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 Program Plans

To help you plan your courses and ensure you complete all degree requirements by your intended degree candidacy term, you can access and download sample 2, 3, and 4-year degree plans linked below.   

We encourage you to schedule regular appointments with a Public Affairs academic counselor to discuss your progress and outline a strategic degree plan that accounts for your degree requirements as well as your career and graduate/professional school plans. To schedule an appointment with a Public Affairs academic counselor, submit your appointment request via MyUCLA Message Center.

Enrolling in Public Affairs Courses


Enrollment Passes and Restrictions

Waitlists

Requesting a PTE
Auditing and CCLE Guest Access

Contract Courses

Capstone Courses

You can view your enrollment appointments on MyUCLA > Classes > Enrollment Appointments. Enrollment appointments are assigned by the Registrar’s Office, not the Luskin School of Public Affairs. To learn more about enrollment appointments and passes visit the Registrar’s Office website.

Please note that the following 1st and 2nd pass enrollment restrictions may apply to Public Affairs courses. To view specific restrictions for each course, please review the “Class Notes” on the Schedule of Classes

  • First Pass: Public Affairs pre-majors and majors can enroll in Public Affairs courses. 
  • Second Pass (first week)Public Affairs pre-majors and majors, Gerontology minors, Public Affairs minors, and Urban and Regional Studies minors, can enroll in Public Affairs courses, space permitting.  
  • Second Pass (after the first week): Any student may enroll in Public Affairs courses, space permitting. Specific dates will be posted in the Schedule of Classes in the Class Notes section of the course description. For Fall 2021, this period will begin on June 30, 2021. Enrollment will close from July 9 to September 14 for summer orientation. Please see below for additional details. 

Orientation Enrollment Restrictions for Fall 2021
Most public affairs courses will be restricted to allow entering students to enroll in courses during orientation. This orientation enrollment restriction will begin July, 9, 2021 and will be removed on September 14, 2021. During this period, the Luskin Undergraduate Students Services Office will not be able to enroll you in any courses that have an orientation restriction. You may enroll in courses restricted to incoming students beginning September 14, 2021 after 9am, space permitting.

Not all public affairs courses offer a waitlist option. If a course has a waitlist option and the course is at capacity, you can add yourself to the waitlist via MyUCLA Class Planner. Please note the following information about waitlists: 

  • Once a wait list reaches capacity you will not be able to add yourself to the wait list. 
  • Wait lists are maintained through Friday of Week 2 of the quarter. After Friday of Week 2 students who are on the wait list will be dropped from the wait list.  
  • Be advised that adding yourself to the wait list does not guarantee enrollment in the course.   
  • Monitor your place on the waitlist regularly to ensure your enrollment reflects your intended study list. Add/drop fees apply after Friday of Week 2. You can view the study list deadlines and fees on the Registrar’s Office website.   
  • Have a back-up class in case you are unable to get off the waitlist 
  • Be advised that enrolling late in a course may impact your progress in the course. If you intend to enroll in a course after the start of the quarter, we strongly recommend that you consult the instructor prior to enrolling to determine if enrolling late will impact your progress in the course

PTE numbers are available for most lower and upper-division Public Affairs courses and are subject to the course’s enrollment capacity. PTEs are NOT guaranteed.

You can submit a PTE number request to the Luskin School of Public Affairs Student Services Office by completing the PTE Number Request Form after your second pass begins. The Luskin Undergraduate Student Services Office will begin reviewing PTE requests on the first day of the quarter. Because of this processing timeline, we strongly encourage you to closely monitor enrollment capacities and enroll in the course if a seat becomes available. Please do not contact instructors to request PTE numbers as instructors will not issue PTE numbers.

The PTE Number Request Form will require that you submit the following information:

  • Course number (ex: Public Affairs 20) 
  • Lecture and section number (ex: Lecture 2, Discussion 2B) 
  • Quarter in which you want to enroll in the course (ex: Summer 2021)  

Beginning the first day of the quarter, please allow 1-2 business days to process your PTE number request. After we receive your PTE request, if approved, a Public Affairs academic counselor will issue your PTE number by replying to your Message Center request.

Questions about PTE requests should be directed to the Luskin School of Public Affairs Student Services Office via MyUCLA Message Center.

Most Public Affairs instructors do not allow students to audit courses. Some instructors may grant CCLE Guest Access to students who are not enrolled in the courses or who are not on the wait list but who are attempting to enroll in the course.  If you are submitting a PTE number request you may also request CCLE Guest Access for the course. However, be advised that your CCLE Guest Access request will not be approved if the instructor does not allow CCLE Guest Access for their course. If you are granted CCLE Guest Access your guest access will expire on Friday of week 2 of the quarter. Please submit your CCLE Guest Access request to the Public Affairs Student Services Office via MyUCLA Message Center.

Contract courses are any courses numbered PUBLIC AFFAIRS 95, 99, 188, or 195-199. Students who wish to enroll in a contract course must have a faculty sponsor. We strongly recommend that you begin contacting potential faculty mentors the quarter prior to your intended enrollment in a contract course. For example, if you want to enroll in a contract course during Winter 2022, you should begin contacting faculty during Fall 2021.  

The deadline to enroll in a contract course without a fee is Friday of Week 2. You can enroll in contract courses during Week 3 with a fee. After Friday of Week 3 you are required to submit a Late or Retro Add Petition, and approval is not guaranteed.  

To enroll in a contract course, follow these steps: 

  1. Identify your faculty mentor/sponsor. Meet with your faculty mentor to outline their expectations for the contract course, the assignments you are expected to complete, and the frequency of your meetings.  We recommend exploring Luskin Faculty here
  2. Create the contract on MyUCLA > Classes > Contract Courses. Follow the prompts to select the correct term/year, department, course number, and instructor.  
  3. Obtain the required faculty mentor signature. 
  4. Submit your completed and signed contract to the Luskin Student Services Office via MyUCLA Message Center by Friday of Week 2. 
  5. A Public Affairs academic counselor will review your contract course and enroll you in the course. 
  6. Be advised that we cannot override any holds on your record that restrict enrollment. 
  7. If enrolling in the contract course will cause you to exceed the 19 units for the term, you will need to petition to exceed the 19 units.  
  8. After a Public Affairs academic counselor enrolls you in the course, you will receive an enrollment confirmation via MyUCLA Message Center. Please review your study list to ensure your enrollment is accurate.  

The Public Affairs three-course experiential learning capstone series (PUB AFF 187A, 187B, and 187C) occurs during Fall, Winter, and Spring of a Public Affairs student’s final year at UCLA. In order to be eligible to enroll, students must satisfy all of the prerequisites and requirements outlined here.

Students who are eligible to enroll in the Public Affairs major three-course capstone series (PUB AFF 187A, 187B, and 187C) will receive enrollment instructions from the Luskin Capstone Advisor. More information about the experiential learning capstone can be found here




Add/Drop Deadlines


Students in the Luskin School of Public Affairs are held to the following study list deadlines and fees.  Please refer to the Registrar’s Office website for updated study list fees.

Adding Courses 

  • Weeks 1-2: Add the course via MyUCLA without a fee or transcript notation 
  • Week 3: Add open courses via MyUCLA or with a PTE number or with an Enrollment Petition, with a $5 fee and no transcript notation. 
  • Weeks 4-10: Petition to late add a course by submitting the Late or Retro Add Petition. There is no guarantee of approval. If approved, a $20 fee applies. There is no transcript notation. 
  • After Week 10: Petition to retroactively add a course by submitting the Late or Retro Add Petition. There is no guarantee of approval. If approved, a fee applies and there is a transcript notation.  

 

Dropping Non-Impacted Courses 

  • Weeks 1-2: Drop the course via MyUCLA without a fee or transcript notation.  
  • Weeks 3-4: Drop the course via MyUCLA with a $5 fee and no transcript notation. 
  • Weeks 4-10: Petition to drop the course by submitted the Late or Retro Drop Petition. A $20 fee applies and there is a transcript notation. You are restricted to three (3) Late Drop Petitions during their academic career. The petition will not be considered if you attempted the final for the course.  
  • After Week 10: Petition to drop the course by submitted the Late or Retro Drop Petition. There is no guarantee of approval. If approved, a $35 fee applies and there is a transcript notation. The petition will not be considered if you attempted the final for the course. 

 

Dropping Impacted Courses 

  • Weeks 1-2: Drop the course via MyUCLA without a fee or transcript notation.  
  • Weeks 3-10: Petition to drop the course by submitted the Late or Retro Drop Petition. There is no guarantee of approval. If approved, a $20 fee applies and there is a transcript notation. The petition will not be considered if you attempted the final for the course.  
  • After Week 10: Petition to drop the course by submitted the Late or Retro Drop Petition. There is no guarantee of approval. If approved, a $35 fee applies and there is a transcript notation. The petition will not be considered if you attempted the final for the course. 



Requesting Excess Units


Students can enroll in up to 19 units per quarter (fall, winter, spring). If you would like to enroll in more than 19 units and plan to remain enrolled in more than 19 units, you can submit the Exceed Study List Units Petition beginning the first day of the quarter and no later than Friday of Week 2 of the quarter. 

 To be eligible to petition for excess study list units, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have a minimum 3.0 term GPA in your previous quarter of enrollment (fall, winter, spring); and 
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. 

Submit your completed Exceed Study List Units Petition to the Luskin School of Public Affairs Student Services Office beginning the first day of the quarter and no later than Friday of Week 2 of the quarter. Please allow 1-3 business days to process your request.  

Exceptions: 

  • Students who are exceeding the 19 units as a result of enrolling in 4 classes, can submit the Exceed Limit Petition at the start of their second pass. 
  • Students who are in their final quarter and who plan to enroll and remain enrolled in more than 19 units can submit the Exceed Limit Petition at the start of their second pass. 

 Important Policies: 

  • A student in academic difficulty is not permitted to enroll in more than 19 units unless the academic difficulty is from lack of progress. If a student is on Probation or Subject to Dismissal for progress, they must schedule an appointment with a Public Affairs academic counselor to discuss the need for more than 19 units before the study list deadline (Friday of Week 2) of the term they need to enroll.   
  • Permission to enroll in excess units does not change the first or second pass policy. Students may enroll in up to 10 units during first pass, and the remaining units during second pass. 
  • If a student fails to complete all of the excess units requested for a term, the Luskin School of Public Affairs Student Services Office may deny future requests for excess units. 

Students can enroll in up to 18 total units in the summer. If you would like to enroll in more than 18 units and plan to remain enrolled in more than 18 units, you can submit the Exceed Study List Units Petition after your official winter quarter grades are posted on MyUCLA. 

 To be eligible to petition for excess study list units, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have a minimum 3.0 term GPA as of winter quarter or in your most recent quarter of enrollment (fall, winter, spring); and 
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. 

Submit your completed Exceed Study List Units Petition to the Luskin School of Public Affairs Student Services Office after your official winter quarter grades are posted on MyUCLA and no later than Friday of Week 1 of the summer session in which you are enrolling. Please allow 1-3 business days to process your request.  

For questions about summer financial aid, please visit the Financial Aid Office website. 

Important Policies: 

  • A student in academic difficulty is not permitted to enroll in more than 19 units unless the academic difficulty is from lack of progress. If a student is on Probation or Subject to Dismissal for progress, they must schedule an appointment with a Public Affairs academic counselor to discuss the need for more than 18 units before the summer study list deadline (Friday of Week 1) of the summer session in which they need to enroll.   
  • If a student fails to complete all of the excess units requested for a term, the Luskin School of Public Affairs Student Services Office may deny future requests for excess units. 



Questions?


If you have any questions or concerns about your enrollment, please contact the Luskin School of Public Affairs Student Services team via MyUCLA Message Center (Academic Advising Unit>Public Affairs).  Please allow 1-3 working days for a response.