The ethics and public policy major emphasizes the study of reasoning and prepares students to bring a sophisticated, cross-disciplinary perspective to diverse fields such as business, government, urban and regional planning, social work, and law.
Ethics and public policy looks at the complex connections between economics, law, philosophy, political science, and sociology--disciplines that deal with questions about how people should behave and how we should regulate the behavior of others. The consequences of these behaviors are complex. They affect our economic lives, social and legal issues and policies, and even our ideals and values.
Students interested in this major must meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
This program requires eight foundation courses in philosophical reasoning, philosophical theory, political science, economics, sociology, and law. Students must take four courses in one area of specialization: political science, philosophy, economics, or sociology. Students also may work with an academic adviser to design their own specialization field.
Students in the College of Liberal Arts must complete the requirements of the GE CLAS Core.
See Ethics and Public Policy in the General Catalog to learn more about the required course work, degree requirements, and graduating with honors.