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Public Policy and Law

Students in this concentration become experts in the economics of public policy in general and in its application to specific areas of interest.

This concentration will expose students to the legal and institutional structures in which policies are developed, the analysis of the economic impacts of policies, and special circumstances of public policy and law pertaining to the environment, consumers, the agricultural sector and international relations.

  • Designed for students who have a broad interest in public policy, governance, or law.
  • Graduates will be equipped with an understanding of the institutions that make and implement policies in the United States and with skill for the economic analysis of policies and social programs.
  • Prepares students for employment in local, state or federal government organizations with interest in governmental affairs, or for further study towards professional degrees in areas including law, public policy, and administration.
  • Specific courses required include Introduction to Public Policy (220) and Public Sector Economics (ECON 411).

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For more information about the Public Policy and Law Program, please contact:
Ann Finnegan
Director, Ugrad Admissions & Advising and Teaching Associate
304a Mumford Hall
1301 W. Gregory
Urbana, Illinois 61801
(217) 333-5509

Career Opportunity Spotlight

Administrative Assistant at Commercial Lynks

Recent Agricultural and Consumer Economics graduate Molly Messner began working for Commercial Lynks, a small international trade company specializing in exporting agricultural commodities to customers worldwide. She has found that working for a small, family-owned business is beneficial for gaining a vast amount of knowledge and experience.

“I wear many hats while working in a small organization, and my ideas and contributions are always considered,” Molly says. “Although an entry-level employee, I felt valued immediately and that my colleagues truly believed in how I can bring my strengths, background, and experience to the table.”

Molly has found that one of her greatest strengths is her communication skills.

“Asking questions when a task is not defined, speaking up when you’d like to be challenged more or placed on a project that interests you, and getting to know your colleagues, whether on a professional or personal level, all require a different kind of energy and communication style,” Molly says.

Molly credits her involvement at the University of Illinois with developing her communication skills. She was a resident advisor, played on the women’s Ultimate Frisbee club team, and held internships with Modernizing Extension and Food Security (MEAS) and the Soybean Innovation Lab.

“The University of Illinois stands out above the rest because of the dynamic environment. There are many opportunities to succeed academically, professionally, and socially on this campus,” Molly says. “U of I harbors hundreds of student organizations for students to explore interests, meet new people, and gain skills. I am so proud to be an alumnus and cannot wait to share my experiences with future students!”

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