Courses of Study 2023-2024 
    May 19, 2024  
Courses of Study 2023-2024

Policy Analysis and Management

In the Brooks School of Public Policy .

Course Offerings  


Policy Analysis and Management Major

In March of 2023, the Brooks School of Public Policy launched the Public Policy major. All students matriculating after that time will enroll in the Public Policy Major. Below, we report the Policy Analysis and Management (PAM) Major Requirements for students matriculating in August 2022 or January 2023. For existing Policy Analysis and Management (PAM) majors, please contact Brooks Student Services for more information on your requirements.

Effective Fall 2023 all courses that previously had a prefix of PAM will have the prefix PUBPOL.

Brooks Honors Program

Policy Analysis and Management majors are eligible for the Brooks School honors program, which gives official recognition to students who have demonstrated excellence in their academic work and their capacity for independent research. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the major, students in the honors program will participate in an honors seminar and prepare an empirically-based honors thesis. Honors students work with a research mentor in preparing for their thesis. Upon successful completion of the Brooks honors program, students will receive a B.S. degree with honors in Policy Analysis and Management. Interested students should obtain a Brooks Honors Program application form in the Brooks Undergraduate Office (2301 MVR). For questions, contact


  • Students must maintain a 3.3 GPA to be admitted into and complete the honors program. Students whose GPA drops below 3.3 will be dropped from the Honors Program.
  • To start the program, students may not have any outstanding incomplete (INC) grades on their record.  
  • PUBPOL 3120 - Research Design, Practice, and Policy  must be completed before starting the program.

Honors Program Requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 6 credits of PUBPOL 4990 - Honors Program , under supervision of a Brooks School faculty mentor, with a grade of B or higher.
  • Complete  PUBPOL 4980 - Honors Seminar .
  • Complete a basic and advanced statistical software training series as approved by faculty mentor.
  • Attend four professional research seminars during senior year.
  • Present a poster of research  during final semester in honors program.
  • Defend thesis to a committee of faculty.

Policy Analysis and Management Minor

The Brooks School offers a 15-credit minor in Policy Analysis and Management for Cornell undergraduates outside of the PAM and HCP majors. PAM minors complete PUBPOL 2300 - Introduction to Policy Analysis  (4 credits), 9 credits of upper level PAM coursework at the 3000 or 4000 level, and additional PAM electives to reach a minimum of 15 credits in Policy Analysis and Management. Students can build the minor to focus on a specific policy area, or choose to take a breadth of courses for a general overview of policy analysis. Questions should be directed to

Minor Policies:

  • There can be no substitution for any of the required courses.
  • Students must enroll in the PAM section of the course. Cross-listed sections are NOT applicable.
  • Students must earn a grade of B- or better in every course. S/U will not be accepted unless it is the only grade option available.
  • PAM Special studies courses (PUBPOL 4000 , PUBPOL 4010 , PUBPOL 4020 , PUBPOL 4030 ) do NOT count towards the PAM minor.

PAM Major

PAM Major

In addition to admitting college requirements , students in the PAM Major must complete specific requirements listed here.

As of Fall 2023, students are no longer being admitted to the PAM Major. The requirements listed below pertain to students that matriculated in August 2022 and January 2023.

All course prefixes have changed from PAM to PUBPOL.

PAM 3000/4000 Electives

PAM 3000/4000 Electives (21 credits)  
Students must take a minimum of 21 credits of 3000 or 4000 level PAM courses in addition to the PAM Core Requirements.
Note: PUBPOL 4000 , 4010 , 4020 , 4030 , 4980 , and 4990  may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

PAM Additional Electives

PAM Additional Electives (3 credits)
Any 3 additional PAM credits (except PUBPOL 1050 , PUBPOL 1111  or PUBPOL 4030 ) OR
ECON 1120 - Introductory Macroeconomics  (taken at Cornell)

ECON 3040 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory  

Introductory Economics

Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)

This fulfills the college distribution social sciences requirement.

ECON 1110 - Introductory Microeconomics 

PAM Intermediate Microeconomics

Intermediate Microeconomics (4 credits)

PUBPOL 2000 - Intermediate Microeconomics 

ECON 3030 - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 

PAM Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

This fulfills the college distribution social sciences requirement.

Choose one of the following:
SOC 1101 - Introduction to Sociology 
DSOC 1101 - Introduction to Sociology 
PUBPOL 2250 - Social Problems in the United States 
Note: PUBPOL 2250  cannot count for both the Introduction to Sociology requirement AND the Additional PAM Electives requirement.

PAM Mathematics

Mathematics (3-4 credits)

This fulfills the college distribution quantitative and analytical courses requirement.

Either of the following:
Score of 4 or 5 on AP Calculus BC exam OR
Any 3 credit Cornell math course except MATH 1101  and MATH 1710 .

Note: If this requirement is not satisfied with AP Calculus BC then the MATH course must be taken at Cornell.
Note: AP Calculus AB credit (a score of 4 or 5) may be applied as elective credits, but does not fulfill this requirement.

PAM Government

Government (4 credits)
GOVT 1111 - Introduction to American Government and Politics 

Natural Science I and II

Natural Science I (3-4 credits)

This fulfills the college distribution natural sciences requirement.

One of the following:


BIOG 1140 - Foundations of Biology 
BIOG 1440 - Introductory Biology: Comparative Physiology  or BIOG 1445 - Introduction to Comparative Anatomy and Physiology, Individualized Instruction 
BIOMG 1350 - Introductory Biology: Cell and Developmental Biology 
BIOEE 1610 - Introductory Biology: Ecology and the Environment 
AP Biology score of 5


CHEM 1560 - Introduction to General Chemistry  or CHEM 2070 - General Chemistry I 
CHEM 2080 - General Chemistry II 
AP Chemistry score of 5


PHYS 1101 - General Physics I  or PHYS 2207 - Fundamentals of Physics I 
PHYS 1102 - General Physics II  or PHYS 2208 - Fundamentals of Physics II 
AP Physics score of 5

Note: If AP isn’t used to satisfy the requirement, then the course must be taken at Cornell.
Note: No lab is required.

Natural Science II (3-4 credits)

Choose any 3 credit course with a PBS, BIOLS-AG, or BIONLS-AG Course Distribution.

Note: No AP credit allowed, course must be taken at Cornell.

PAM Ethics

Ethics (3 credits)

This fulfills the college distribution humanities requirement.

Choose one of the following:  
Note: any three credit ethics class may suffice. You can check with the PAM Director of Undergraduate Studies.

AEM 3205 - Ethics in Business and Organizations 
BSOC 2051  // STS 2051 - Ethical Issues in Health and Medicine 
BSOC 2061  // STS 2061  // PHIL 2960 - Ethics and the Environment 
COMM 4300 - Ethics in New Media, Technology, and Communication  

COMM 4350 - Communicating Leadership and Ethics 
CRP 3011 - [Ethics, Development, and Globalization] 
ECE 3600 - Ethical Issues in Engineering Practice 
ILRLR 3830 - Workers’ Rights as Human Rights 
ILRLR 4820 - Ethics at Work 
ILRLR 4880 - The Mind of the Founders 
ILRLR 4075 - Values, Rights, and Justice at Work  

INFO 1200 - Information Ethics, Law, and Policy 
INFO 2750  // ECE 2750  // STS 2751  // ENGRG 2750 - [Robot Ethics] 
NTRES 2320 - Nature and Culture 
PHIL 1440 - Ethics of Eating 
PHIL 1450 - Contemporary Moral Issues 
PHIL 2410 - [Ethics]  

PHIL 2415 - [Introduction to Moral Psychology] 
PHIL 2420 - Social and Political Philosophy 
PHIL 2455  // STS 2451 - Introduction to Bioethics 
PHIL 3410 - [Ethical Theory] [Inactive]
PHIL 3460  // GOVT 3625 - Modern Political Philosophy 
PHIL 3480 - [Philosophy of Law]  

PAM Additional Distribution Coursework

Additional Distribution Coursework (6 credits)
Any course with the Course Distribution PBS, BIOLS-AG, BIONLS-AG, SBA, KCM, MQR, LA, CA, or HA. Language courses may count here.