Minor in Policy Studies


Students pursuing a Minor in Policy Studies will examine how sustainability goals can be achieved, as well as the ethics behind such goals.

Students will develop a deeper understanding of current sustainability challenges through the perspectives of geography, economics, law, philosophy, Indigenous studies, political science, and psychology, and mobilize their skills to complete community projects.

A Policy Studies Minor is a strong complement to a wide array of other KPU programs such as political science, geography, sustainable agriculture, urban ecosystems, economics, entrepreneurial leadership, marketing, psychology, and Indigenous studies. Graduates will be able to use the skills learned in Policy Studies to advance goals applicable to their majors and their careers. This Minor may be applied towards any KPU bachelor's degree.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/arts

Department's website: kpu.ca/arts/policy-studies

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a Minor in Policy Studies must be admitted to KPU for undergraduate studies.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation. A minor may only be declared as part of a bachelor’s degree.

Curricular Requirements

Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all required courses. The Policy Studies Minor requires completion of twenty-seven (27) area-specific credits, including twelve (12) lower-level credits and fifteen (15) upper-level credits.

1100 and 2000 Level
POST 1100Sustainability and Ethics3
or PHIL 1111 Sustainability and Ethics
POST 2200Collective Power: Taking Action on Public Issues3
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Sustainable Human Economy
Environmental Issues
Environmental Legislation
The City
Changemakers: 12 Little-known Individuals Who Changed the World
Introduction to Environmental Ethics
Moral Theory
Social and Political Philosophy
Political Ideologies and Worldviews
Politics in the City
Law and Politics: The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
States, Markets, Globalization: Global Political Economy
CityLab3 - Rethinking Community
CityLab6 Cultivating Community
Special Topics
3000 and 4000 Level
POST 3110Applied Sustainability Seminar3
POST 3300Sustainability Challenges: Public Policy and the Common Good3
POST 4110Applied Public Policy Seminar3
or POLI 4110 Applied Public Policy Seminar
POST 4150Psychology and Sustainability: Attitudes and Behaviour3
or PSYC 4150 Psychology and Sustainability: Attitudes and Behaviour
Select one of the following:3
Agroecology as a Global Movement
Economics of Sustainability Policy
Urban Planning and Politics
Ethics and Public Policy
Public Debates in Politics
Total Credits27

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a bachelor’s degree program, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Policy Studies.

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