Minor in Planning, Public Policy and Management

City and Regional Planning, Public Policy and Public Management, Nonprofit Administration

Regardless of your major, a minor in Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) will allow you to expand your learning experience by getting an overview of public sector issues and developing your professional skills.

Through the Planning, Public Policy and Management Minor, you can enhance your undergraduate education to include preparation for a variety of professional occupations and areas of graduate study. In the PPPM minor, you are introduced to a broad overview of issues in urban and regional planning, public policy and public management, and nonprofit management.

Through your selection of elective courses, you can choose to focus on a field of interest ranging from social and health policy to land use planning to public management.

The Minor Program

The PPPM minor requires 28 credits as outlined below:

Required Core Courses (16 credits) 

You must take, and pass with a C- or better, the following:

  • PPPM 201 Introduction to Public Policy, 4 credits
  • PPPM 205 Introduction to City Planning, 4 credits
  • PPPM 280 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector, 4 credits
  • PPPM 415 Policy and Planning Analysis, 4 credits (Prerequisite: EC 201 Introduction to Economic Analysis: Microeconomics)

Elective Courses (12 credits)

You may satisfy this requirement with any combination of 12 PPPM elective course credits (maximum of 4 credits numbered below the 300-level).

As a PPPM minor, you may work with the Undergraduate Advisor to identify elective course offerings in your field of interest. Options include:

  • Urban planning and development
  • Environment
  • Equity and social justice
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Public leadership and management
  • Social and health policy

While not required, we strongly encourage you to take one or more quantitative skills 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


While not required, we highly recommended internships for all PPPM students. While pursuing a PPPM minor, you may apply up to eight credits of PPPM 404 Internship, plus one credit PPPM 412 Internship and Professional Development, to the elective course requirement. (PPPM 412 is the prerequisite for PPPM 404.)

If you're interested in pursuing an internship, you should enroll in PPPM 412 and meet with the Undergraduate Internship Director:

121B Hendricks Hall | 541-346-3604 | interns@uoregon.edu


Sample additional elective courses

Note: For the complete list of classes available each term, please visit the UO Class Schedule

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