Public Leadership


The interdisciplinary Public Leadership minor, offered by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, is for students interested in careers in the public and private sectors and those interested in acquiring skills to develop as civically responsible citizens. Through coursework and practical experience, students gain the skills and knowledge necessary for effective and ethical leadership careers. The minor complements a variety of majors, including the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, journalism, and business.

About this Program

Center Information

The Bob Graham Center was established in 2006 with the goal of creating a community of students, scholars, and citizens who share a commitment to revitalizing the civic culture of Florida and the nation. Former Governor and U. S. Senator Bob Graham founded the Center as a place where students acquire the skills and knowledge to become informed citizens, with the expressed purpose of strengthening the nation’s democratic institutions.


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Students pursuing the minor are expected to engage in the intellectual life of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service by participating in public lectures, workshops, seminars, and civic engagement opportunities the Center offers.

Students must have a 2.75 GPA for admission to the minor and should normally apply during the sophomore or junior year, though they may apply later as long as they will still be able to complete all requirements for the minor within a timely manner that does not delay graduation. Students may apply for the minor through ONE.UF.

Students must complete a minimum of six credits of coursework exclusive to the minor that cannot count toward their major(s) or other minors.

Required Courses

AMH 3423Florida Since 18453
ENC 3254Professional Writing in the Discipline3
POS 3263Policy, Ethics and Public Leadership3
Select one (S/U only):3
Political Internship
PUP 3002Current Controversies in Public Policy3
Substantive Policy elective3
Substantive Policy elective or Leadership elective3
Total Credits21

Approved Electives

Substantive Policy Electives

CPO 4793Environmental Politics in the Global South3
ECO 2310Economics of Sustainability3
ECP 3302Environmental Economics and Resource Policy4
IDS 2338Democratic Engagement and Public Leadership3
INR 4204Comparative Foreign Policy3
INR 4303The Making of American Foreign Policy3
JOU 4930Special Study in Journalism1-3
PAD 3003Introduction to Public Administration3
POS 4074Latino Politics and Policy3
POS 4077African American Politics and Policy3
POS 4931Special Topics3
POS 4424Legislative Politics3
POS 4931Special Topics (Food Politics)3
POS 4931Special Topics (Religion and Public Policy)3
PUP 3323Women in Politics3
PUP 4224Florida Environmental Politics3
SYO 3534Poverty3
WST 3663Gender and Food Politics3

Leadership Electives

AEC 3414Leadership Development3
AEC 4417Leadership for Personal and Organizational Change3
AEC 4465Global Leadership3