The objective in instituting a minor field of study at the University of Georgia is to encourage and officially acknowledge the attainment by students of a fair measure of expertise and knowledge in more than one academic field. SPIA offers two  minors in Political Science and Public Policy and Management.


Students must take a total of 15 hours. At least 6 hours must be in each of the following fields in the major:

Theory and Method

American Studies

Three hours may come from any POLS at the 2000 level or higher or INTL or PADP courses at the 3000 level or higher. Nine hours must be completed in residence.


For more information contact Paul Welch at or 706.542.0096.


The Public Policy and Management minor will emphasize attributes and skills identified as “high demand” in the Governor’s High Demand Career Initiative Report published in 2014 including project management, problem solving, teamwork and organization/planning skills. These skills will be advanced through coursework and practical examples in public personnel, budgeting and finance, nonprofit administration, policy process, policy analysis and program evaluation. Just as importantly, to prepare students for professional positions in public service organizations, these professional competencies will be developed with an emphasis on the important public service values of accountability, transparency, equity, due process and representation.

Students interested in receiving the undergraduate minor in Public Policy and Management must take 5 undergraduate PADP courses from the following list:

  • PADP 3000: Introduction to Public Administration
  • PADP 3100: Introduction to Policy Analysis
  • PADP 4200: Selected Topics in Public Administration and Policy
  • PADP 4630 or PADP 4630E: Politics and the Budgeting Process
  • PADP 4640: Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
  • PADP 4650: Policy Process
  • PADP 4660: Program Evaluation
  • PADP 4690: Bureaucracy and Law

For more information contact Paul Welch at or 706.542.0096.