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About this Program

Certificates must contain at least nine credits of coursework that are unique to that program out of all other certificates and minors.

Department Information

The Department of Political Science provides a high quality educational program for undergraduate students as well as a rigorous honors program. The department also offers a highly selective graduate education ranging from innovative M.A. programs to a comprehensive Ph.D. program.


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Credits earned toward the certificate also count toward the political science major.

Required Courses

PAD 3003Introduction to Public Administration (a core course in public administration)3
PUP 3002Current Controversies in Public Policy (a core course in public policy)3
Select three 3000/4000-level courses from one of the following:9
The policy process (e.g., bureaucratic politics)
A substantive policy area (e.g., health politics and policy or politics and ecology)
Total Credits15

Students are encouraged to serve an internship in government and to complete an honors thesis in the area of public affairs.