Business Economics and Public Policy Program

Concentration in Business Economics and Public Policy

The Business Economics and Public Policy concentration provides skills and insights that are useful to future consultants, private and public managers, lawyers, economists, political scientists, and policy analysts. The concentration combines elements of economic and political analysis in order to understand the interactions between markets and government activity (public policy and management), political processes (political economy), as well as risk management. The concentration also provides a firm base for graduate study in law, economics, public policy, and political science.

Requirements: The BEPP concentration has three requirements:

  1. Take four courses out of the fundamentals and electives below.
  2. At least one course must be a fundamental.  Students are free to take more fundamentals courses, in which case they count towards the four courses.
  3. At least three courses have to be BEPP courses.

Business Economics and Public Policy Fundamentals. Students must take at least one of

BEPP 201: Introduction to Business Economics and Public Policy
BEPP 284: Game Theory for Business and Life
BEPP 305: Risk Management

Business Economics and Public Policy Electives.

BEPP 203: Business in the Global Political Environment
BEPP 206: Urban Public Policy & Private Development
BEPP 208: Housing Markets
BEPP 210: Firms, Markets and Public Policy
BEPP 212: Economic Analysis of Law
BEPP 214: The Nonprofit Sector: Economic Challenges and Strategic Responses
BEPP 220: Behavioral Economics
BEPP 230: Urban Fiscal Policy
BEPP 233: Consumers, Firms & Markets in Developing Countries
BEPP 236: International Housing Comparisons
BEPP 261: Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
BEPP 263: Environmental and Energy Economics and Policy
BEPP 280: Applied Data Analysis
BEPP 289: Nations, Politics and Markets
BEPP 322: Business Insurance and Estate Planning
BEPP 451: Fundamentals of Actuarial Science I
HCMG 202: The Economics and Financing of Health Care Delivery
HCMG 302: The Economics and Financing of Health Care Delivery
HCMG 352: Healthcare Services Delivery: A Managerial Economic Approach
FNCE 205: Investment Management
FNCE 206: Financial Derivatives
OIDD 290: Decision Processes
OIDD 314: Enabling Technologies
REAL 215: Urban Real Estate Economics

TRACKS

Students are free to choose any courses, as long as they fulfill the three requirements above. In addition, we have three informal suggested tracks. The tracks are coherent course combinations with a particular focus. The tracks are not constraints on what course combinations are possible. Instead, these are suggestions to help students choose their path.

Business Economics Track geared towards students who want to go into business, consulting or finance.

Fundamental
BEPP 284 – Game Theory for Business and Life

Electives:
Data
:
o BEPP 280: Applied Data Analysis
Behavior:
o BEPP 220: Behavioral Economics
International markets:
o BEPP 203: Business in the Global Political Environment
o BEPP 233: Consumers, Firms & Markets in Developing Countries
Specific markets:
o BEPP 201: Introduction to Business Economics and Public Policy
o BEPP 206: Urban Public Policy & Private Development
o BEPP 208: Housing Markets
o BEPP 236: International Housing Comparisons
o BEPP 263: Environmental & Energy Economics and Policy
o HCMG 202: The Economics and Financing of Health Care Delivery
o HCMG 302: The Economics and Financing of Health Care Delivery
o OIDD 314: Enabling Technologies
o REAL 215: Urban Real Estate Economics

Insurance and Risk Management Track geared towards students who have an interest in risk and insurance, possibly in combination with a finance concentration.

Fundamental:
BEPP 305: Risk Management

Electives:
Data:
o BEPP 280: Applied Data Analysis
o BEPP 451: Fundamentals of Actuarial Science I
Environment:
o BEPP 261: Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
Wealth management:
o BEPP 322: Business Insurance and Estate Planning
Risk and Decision Making in Specific Contexts:
o FNCE 205: Investment Management
o FNCE 206: Financial Derivatives
o HCMG 202: Economics and Financing of Health Care
o HCMG 352: Healthcare Services Delivery: A Managerial Economic Approach
o OIDD 290: Decision Processes

Public Policy Track geared towards students with interests in law, government, or public policy organizations such as think tanks and NGOs.

Fundamental
BEPP 201: Introduction to Business Economics and Public Policy

Electives:
Data
:
o BEPP 280: Applied Data Analysis
Development economics and international policy:
o BEPP 203: Business in the Global Political Environment
o BEPP 233: Consumers, Firms & Markets in Developing Countries
Urban policy:
o BEPP 206: Urban Public Policy & Private Development
o BEPP 208: Housing Markets
o BEPP 230: Urban Fiscal Policy
o BEPP 236: International Housing Comparisons
o REAL 215: Urban Real Estate Economics
Energy policy:
o BEPP 261: Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
o BEPP 263: Environmental & Energy Economics and Policy
Healthcare policy:
o HCMG 202: The Economics and Financing of Health Care Delivery
o HCMG 302: The Economics and Financing of Health Care Delivery
o HCMG 352: Healthcare Services Delivery: A Managerial Economic Approach
Other:
o BEPP 212: Economic Analysis of Law
o BEPP 214: The Nonprofit Sector: Economic Challenges and Strategic Responses

Questions? Contact the Business Economics and Public Policy advisor.

Minor in American Public Policy

Overview

The minor in American Public Policy enables undergraduates interested in American Public Policy to construct an integrated program across the University. The minor — for students who do not major or concentrate in PSCI or BEPP — requires six courses, three from each department, in addition to the course work required for their major or concentration. The courses include the following:

Courses

Political Science (3 courses)

Political Science Core

  • PSCI 130: Introduction to American Politics

Students must select two courses from the following list:

  • PSCI 134: U.S. Political Parties
  • PSCI 135: Politics of Food
  • PSCI 136: Urban Politics in the U.S.
  • PSCI 137: Policymaking in American Politics
  • PSCI 138: The Public Policy Process
  • PSCI 139: Politics of Poverty & Development
  • PSCI 205: The Presidency and Economic Policy
  • PSCI 231: Business, Government & Public Policy
  • PSCI 235: America and the World
  • PSCI 236: State Politics & the American Federal System
  • PSCI 237: The American Presidency
  • PSCI 238: Congress
  • PSCI 240: Religion and U.S. Public Policy
  • PSCI 241: Polarization
  • PSCI 330: The Politics of Governance in Washington (taught in Washington DC)
  • PSCI 332: Politics, Planning and Policy Analysis
  • PSCI 335: Healthy Schools
  • PSCI 430: The Transformation of American Politics
  • PSCI 481: Political Theory and Public Policy

Other Political Science courses maybe approved as substitutes by the Political Science Department for American Public Policy students.

Business Economics and Public Policy (3 courses)

Policy Analysis Core

  • BEPP 201: Introduction to Business Economics and Public Policy

Students must select two courses from the following list:

  • BEPP 206: Urban Public Policy & Private Development
  • BEPP 208: Housing Markets
  • BEPP 212: Economic Analysis of Law
  • BEPP 214: The Nonprofit Sector: Economic Challenges and Strategic Responses
  • BEPP 220: Behavioral Economics
  • BEPP 230: Urban Fiscal Policy
  • BEPP 261: Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
  • BEPP 263: Environmental and Energy Economics and Policy
  • BEPP 305: Risk Management

Other Business Economics and Public Policy courses may be approved as substitutes by the Business Economics and Public Policy advisor for American Public Policy students.