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Minor in Brookings Public Policy

The Brookings Institution is the oldest “think tank” in the United States and a source of independent information about public policy in the United States. The minor is an eighteen credit minor designed to give students the opportunity to explore the world of public issues and policy. There are five major policy areas that serve as the focus of organizing courses, lectures and student projects including: 1. Elections and Governance; 2. Global Economics; 3. Economic Analysis; 4. Foreign Policy; and 5. Metropolitan Issues and Governance.

Goal: To provide UNLV undergraduate students with a unique educational experience, the opportunity to explore the world around them through a series of courses taught by UNLV faculty and scholars from the Brookings Institution.

Learning Objectives

In UNLV-Brookings courses students will:

  • Learn about real people in real places
  • Link societies by their connections and commonalities as much as by their differences
  • Integrate general issues of globalization, past and present, into the study of specific people and places in the world
  • Include cross-disciplinary approaches to break down conventional academic barriers
  • Emphasize experiential as well as classroom learning
  • Foster research and information literacy through coordinated lectures, readings, and assignments.

Career Possibilities

The minor is not intended to lead to a career in any occupational area. The role of the minor is to enhance student thinking about issues confronting the United States. Completion of the minor should increase a student’s analytical skills. The minor
provides a basic understanding of how to define and understand policy issues and will prepare a student for graduate studies.