Public Affairs Certificate

The Certificate in Public Affairs is designed for students interested in a career in government. Students are required to earn a grade of C or better in 15 hours of public affairs courses. Students take the core courses in public administration and public policy and three upper division public affairs courses from the list below (additional courses can be substituted at the discretion of the faculty). Students are encouraged to serve an internship in government and complete an honors thesis in the area of public affairs. Credits earned toward the certificate also count toward the political science major. The certificate is open to non-majors as well.


Core Courses (6 hours)

  • PUP 3002 Current Controversies in Public Policy
  • PAD 3003 Introduction to Public Administration


Upper Division Public Affairs Courses (9 hours)

  • PAD 4034 Problems of Public Administration and Policy
  • PAD 4604 Administrative Law and Regulatory Politics
  • POS 3606 American Civil Liberties
  • POS 4931 Bureaucratic Politics
  • POS 4931 Health Politics and Policy
  • POS 4931 Politics of Immigration
  • POT 3503 Environmental Ethics and Politics
  • PUP 4008 Analyzing Public Policy
  • PUP 4712 Problems of Markets and Governments
  • PUP 3323 Women in Politics
  • PUP 3204 Politics and Ecology
  • PUP 3623 Politics of Poverty
  • PUP 4021 Law, Politics, and Regulation
  • PUP 4404 Politics of Education

For more information, contact Professor David Hedge (352) 273-2367.