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Public Policy

Are you passionate about promoting social justice through public policy? With an emphasis on applied policy research, a public policy major from St. Kate's St. Paul campus will help you use economic and political tools to identify policy problems and evaluate the impact of policies and programs. You'll learn the political context of public policy as well as the underlying economic models in order to understand how to build a just and sustainable society.

What can I do with a degree in public policy?

With your St. Kate's public policy degree, you will be well-prepared for a careers in

  • social justice organizations
  • government agencies
  • elected office
  • nonprofits
  • non-governmental organizations

To be an advocate for a more just world, you need a combination of quantitative skills, concise and professional writing, and understanding of the political process. Because St. Kate's public policy program is designed to help you lead in today's social justice fields, you'll hone your skills in statistics, economics, political science, and professional writing.

What will I study?

The public policy major exemplifies St. Catherine’s mission to integrate the liberal arts with professional education. You'll take courses across a range of disciplines and also learn professional skills in analysis and writing.

The backbone of the public policy major includes courses drawn from economics and political science that address the theoretical underpinnings of the economy and political process. You'll also be encouraged to take electives in sociology that examine structural inequality.

This broad theoretical work is paired with applied skills needed in today’s policy analyst roles, including cost benefit analysis, policy evaluation, data visualization, and how to craft an effective policy memo. You'll also gain a deep appreciation for fundamental questions of fairness, equality, and justice.

Did you know?

  • Public Policy is offered as a major.

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why St. Kate’s?

Outside of the classroom, we provide all students with opportunities to enhance their St. Kate’s experience and increase the value they bring to organizations following graduation.

St. Kate's public policy majors gain practical experience through a capstone research project or an internship.

In recent years, our students have collaborated with faculty researching issues ranging from development in the Middle East and North Africa to local education policy and bias in police stops. These students have presented their work at national conferences such as the Population Association of America (PAA) and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

Internship opportunities in the Twin Cities area provide students with experience at large and small organizations, including American Red Cross, Ramsey County, National Housing Resource Center, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

Explore the required, supporting and recommended courses.

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The path to a baccalaureate degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.



Featuring a diverse range of backgrounds, public policy faculty are dedicated researchers who regularly collaborate with students on research projects. Most of all, they’re passionate, caring teachers.

The St. Kate's Experience

The St. Kate's Experience

This unique program brings together resources, activities and personal support to help you achieve your goals.