University of Oregon

Planning, Public Policy and Management

PPPM Minor

The PPPM minor provides a professional and applied context for the student's major discipline, allowing students in other majors to supplement learning in their major field with an overview of public sector issues, and the development of public sector professional skills. Through the PPPM minor, students can enhance their undergraduate education to include special preparation for a variety of professional occupations and areas of graduate study. Students in the minor are introduced to a broad overview of issues in urban and regional planning, public policy and public management, and nonprofit management. Through their selection of elective courses, students in the PPPM minor can also develop expertise in a special interest area ranging from social and health policy to land use planning to public management.

PPPM Minor Brochure (PDF)


The Minor Program

The PPPM minor requires 28 credits total, 16 credits of core courses, and 12 upper-division elective credits in PPPM.

Required Core Courses (16 credits).  Students must take the following 4 courses. These courses must be taken for letter grades and passed with grades of C- or better.

  • PPPM 201 Introduction to Public Policy (4 credits / fall)
  • PPPM 205 Introduction to City Planning (4 credits / spring)
  • PPPM 280 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector (4 credits / winter)
  • PPPM 415 Policy and Planning Analysis* (4 credits / winter) *Prerequisite: EC 201 (Introduction to Economic Analysis: Microeconomics).

ELECTIVE COURSES (12 credits). All students completing the PPPM minor choose 12 credits from upper-division departmental offerings in addition to the required courses listed above. Students may satisfy this requirement with any combination of 12 PPPM elective course credits (maximum of 4 credits numbered below the 300-level).

PPPM minors should work with the Undergraduate Advising GTF to identify elective course offerings in their field of interest. These may include:

Urban planning
Environmental policy and planning
Nonprofit administration and philanthropy
Public management
Social and health policy


Internships are highly recommended for all PPPM students. PPPM minors may apply up to 8 credits of PPPM 404 Internship, plus 1 credit PPPM 412 Internship and Professional Development, to the elective course requirement. [PPPM 412 is a prerequisite for PPPM 404.] Students interested in developing an internship should enroll in PPPM 412 and meet with the Undergraduate Internship Coordinator (121B Hendricks Hall; email:


While not required, PPPM minors are strongly encouraged to take one or more quantitative skill courses in partial fulfillment of the elective requirement. Options include:

PPPM 413-Quantitative Methods
PPPM 434-Urban GIS
PPPM 484-Public and Nonprofit Financial Management.


A sample of additional PPPM elective course offerings include:

PPPM 325 Community Leadership and Change (4 cr)
PPPM 331 Environmental Management (4 cr)
PPPM 340 Climate Change Policy (4 cr)
PPPM 418 Introduction to Public Law (4 cr)
PPPM 422 Grant Proposal Writing (1 cr)
PPPM 425 Project Management (4 cr)
PPPM 426 Strategic Planning for Management (4 cr)
PPPM 432 Justice and Urban Revitalization (4 cr)
PPPM 438 Bicycle Transportation (4 cr)
PPPM 441 Growth Management (4 cr) [Prerequisite: PPPM 205]
PPPM 443 Natural Resource Policy (4 cr)
PPPM 444 Environmental Policy (4 cr)
PPPM 445 Green Cities (4 cr)
PPPM 448 Collaborative Planning and Management (4 cr)
PPPM 452 Public Participation in Diverse Communities (4 cr)
PPPM 460 Health Policy (4 cr)
PPPM 465 Program Evaluation (4 cr)
PPPM 480 Nonprofit Management I (4 cr) [Prerequisite: PPPM 280]
PPPM 481 Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations (4 cr)
PPPM 486 Philanthropy and Grant Making (2 cr)


Declaring the Minor

Please print and complete the Change Major/Minor form (below) and return to 147D or 119 Hendricks Hall. See the PPPM Undergraduate Advising GTF for information and advising (147D Hendricks Hall, ).

Change Major/Minor (PDF)

Track your progress in the minor using the appropriate progress tracking sheet here:

PPPM Minor Progress Sheet (PDF)


This page was updated December 23, 2015

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