UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs will offer an undergraduate degree

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The creation of the major has been in the works for several years, in response to student demand.

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Meredith Phillips, associate professor of public policy and sociology, is chair of the new undergraduate program in public affairs at Luskin School.

Starting in fall 2018, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs will offer a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs, building on the three areas for which the school is known: public policy, social protection, and urban planning.

The major has a public service ethic and it will connect the dots between theory and action by combining critical thinking, social science methodology and community engagement, said Meredith Phillips, newly appointed undergraduate program chair. . Phillips is an associate professor of public policy and sociology who taught at UCLA for two decades.

“Each class will focus on societal issues, the issues students care about and how we can develop reasonable solutions,” Phillips said. “In our courses, we will discuss competing values, empirical data and evidence, and different conceptual frameworks for understanding the world. Our students will develop skills in the service of problem solving, which is really what sets this major apart from others.

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