Public Policy & Law


What is Public Policy & Law?

Public Policy and Law, a concentration within our Agricultural and Consumer Economics major, is designed for students who are interested in governance and law. You’ll study the legal and institutional structures in which policies are developed, the analysis of policies’ economic impacts, and special circumstances of public policy and law pertaining to the environment, consumers, the agricultural and food sector, and international relations. As a Public Policy and Law student, you’ll be equipped with an understanding of the institutions that make and implement policies in the U.S. and able to analyze the impact of policies and social programs. 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