Major Preparation in the Luskin School of Public Affairs

The world needs agents of social change whose passion to improve people’s lives is matched by the knowledge and skills to deliver results. The B.A. in Public Affairs offers an in-depth and engaged educational experience with a clear public service ethos. The undergraduate major is centered around a multidisciplinary foundation in the social sciences, with an applied emphasis on knowledge and methods for improving society.

The major requires upper division coursework, which provides a sophisticated theoretical grounding and asks students to reflect on a range of substantive topics in public affairs. Additionally, a three-quarter experiential learning internship in the senior year will help students connect the dots between theory and action. This capstone combines a multi-quarter internship in a community or government organization with a seminar series in which students develop a capstone project.

To be considered for admission, applicants to Public Affairs pre-major must have a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA in all transferable coursework at the end of the fall term prior to transfer. Students must attain junior level standing (at least 60 semester or 90 quarter transferable units) by the end of the spring term prior to transfer. California community college students are strongly encouraged to complete IGETC; all other transfer students are encouraged to make progress toward completion of the Luskin School’s general education requirements. For more information, visit the Luskin School’s admissions page.

NOTE: You must be admitted as a Public Affairs pre-major. You will NOT be able to change into this major after admission to UCLA. This major is listed under the College of Letters and Science in the UC Application and the Luskin School has the same general education requirements as the UCLA College.

Key Points

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • IGETC not required, but strongly encouraged
  • Double-major possible: Yes
  • Supplemental application required: Yes

Preparation for the Major

To be competitive for admission, it is strongly recommended that students complete four (4) major preparation courses including Microeconomics and Introduction to Statistical Reasoning, by the end of the fall prior to transfer. Students must take all major prep courses for a letter grade and receive a B grade or better in these courses to be competitive. Additional major prep should be completed by the end of the spring term prior to transfer. While AP Exams may be beneficial for transfer credit, they will NOT be acceptable to satisfy major preparation.

All additional major preparatory coursework, with the exception of PA 10 and PA 70, should be completed by the end of the spring prior to transfer.

If admitted, students must complete all remaining preparatory courses with a B grade or better in their first year at UCLA. Students will be required to submit a supplemental application to the Luskin School during their first year, in order to be admitted to the major. Students must apply to the major before they have completed 135 quarter units.

Course Requirements

  • Introduction to American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Introduction to Statistical Reasoning
  • One additional course focused on lifespan human development (preferred) or child and adolescent development


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