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.
The Brookings Public Policy Minor (BPPM) offers a multidisciplinary curriculum based upon local, national and global themes. These courses unite the best teaching and scholarship of UNLV faculty and Brookings experts. This unique collaboration draws upon the diverse faculty and programmatic interests of UNLV to link knowledge, academic inquiry, and practice with the outstanding policy programs of the Brookings Institution. The collaboration recognizes its responsibility to present multiple perspectives and enhance critical thinking and decision making skills in a broad range of subject areas such as geography, economics, political science, public policy, international security, the environment, history, science, foreign languages, language arts, and fine and applied arts. In an increasing diverse society, at a metropolitan university located in the heart of a global city, BPPM recognizes the unique needs of today's linguistically, ethnically, and socially diverse classrooms and is committed to creating curriculum materials that model effective ways of working with students of all backgrounds. UNLV students are coming of age in a world of global markets where democratic forms of government emerge, struggle, and adapt amid a technological revolution that continues to alter how we think, act, and live on a daily basis. BPPM addresses the challenge of effective teaching, learning, and communication in this ever-changing global environment. UNLV faculty and students, in collaboration with Brookings colleagues, will meet this challenge, and help build sustainable local, national, and global communities. In BPPM 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