Public Policy & Law

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences


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

78% employed after graduation

14% attending graduate school

$51,576 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois House of Representatives, U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, New York University, Cornell University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Calculus preferred (if available at high school)
  • Experiences related to the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

74% four-year graduation rate

83% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,342
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,492


  • Tuition: $33,462
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,952


  • Tuition: $34,410
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,900