Regional Analysis and Public Policy Program

Regional Analysis and Public Policy (RAPP) examines real world issues that affect peoples' social, economic and political lives. RAPP brings students and faculty together with citizens, local and regional leaders, and policymakers to develop research projects and action plans that address problems that challenge the region in order to promote sustainable community and economic development. RAPP integrates teaching, applied research, and public service to address issues that significantly affect east Kentucky, Appalachia, and rural America in general.

The government major with RAPP track, as well as the RAPP minor, provide students with opportunities to develop research skills, work on real world problems with faculty and public leaders, gain valuable internship experience, and ultimately become prepared for careers in public service. Students gain knowledge and skills in regional analysis, community development, and policy making. They increase their qualitative and quantitative research skills, conduct group research projects, present results at conferences (including Frankfort and Washington, DC), and work one-on-one with faculty members on their own research interests. This is a practical, applied program that provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help communities and regions move forward and prosper.

Students who wish to work in high-level managerial careers in public service may pursue a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Students can begin working on the MPA during their senior year through the Early Graduate School program.  For details, visit