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Professor Bill Purcell and former Nashville mayor Karl Dean speak to students sitting around tables in a public policy studies class

Why Public Policy Studies? Because you want to make a difference. Our majors enter the policy world with the skills needed to make persuasive arguments based in facts and analysis. In government, private business, the non-profit world, and academia, Vanderbilt PPS alumni challenge conventional wisdom and develop creative solutions for the major problems of our time.