Public Policy & Law


What is Public Policy & Law?

This is a concentration within our Agricultural and Consumer Economics major. Our program is designed for students interested in governance and law. In this major, you'll analyze the impact of policies and social programs. You'll study the legal and institutional structures in which policies are developed. Students will also consider the special circumstances of public policy and law. These include policies relating to the environment, the agricultural and food sector, consumers, and international relations. With this degree, you’ll gain an understanding of the U.S. institutions that make and implement policies. You can apply directly into this concentration.

Career Options

  • Administration
  • Federal government
  • Law
  • Local government
  • Public policy
  • State government

Post-Graduation Success1

92% employed or continuing education

79% employed after graduation

13% attending graduate school

$51,740 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), ALDI, Cargill

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Cornell University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

25 - 30 ACT Score

1190 - 1380 SAT Score

3.19 - 3.68 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,666
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $33,020


  • Tuition: $30,808
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $50,502


  • Tuition: $31,682
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,376