Required Courses

If selected, Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars will be invited to enroll in the 15 credit-hour minor in Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA).

  • Gateway to Global Policymaking* (PPIA 2380)
    Study the interaction of policy problems, policy tools, and organizational structures at the local, national, and international levels
    - Meets UC Proficiencies and Experiences Writing & Information Literacy, Depth Humanities and Fine Arts, and Breadth Individuals, Institutions, and Cultures
    - Taken spring of the second year
  • Junior Year Policy Seminar I: Theoretical Public Policy* (PPIA 3301)
    Students develop critical skills in policy analysis, writing and presentation
    - Meets UC Proficiencies and Experiences Information Literacy and Oral Communication and Depth History, Social and Behavioral Sciences
    - Taken fall of the third year
  • Junior Year Policy Seminar II: Public Policy in Professional Practice* (PPIA 3302)
    Students are tasked with a real world policy problem, work on solving that problem, and finally report back to the client
    - Meets UC Proficiencies and Experiences Oral Communication and Community Engagement, and Foundation Ways of Knowing
    - Taken spring of the third year
  • Directed Research Project* (PPIA 4306)
    Students are placed with a Dallas-based client to carry out research and solidify the practical experience gained in the two-semester junior year policy seminar
    - Students may apply to have this course as an Engaged Learning credit
    - Taken fall of the fourth year
  • Principles of Public Policy (PLSC 3320)
    - Offered through political science and is open to all students
    - Subject to course offering, may be taken at any time during a student’s college career

To see the PPIA course catalog descriptions, click here.

To see the Tower Scholars Minor degree plan, click here.