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  • Public Leadership

    This interdisciplinary 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 Minor

    Students pursuing the minor are expected to attend six events before graduation: public lectures, workshops, seminars and the speakers series offered by the center. These events provide an opportunity to interact with visiting speakers on topics of current interest. Students are required to submit online a one page paper about the event within 24 hours of participation.

    Students must have a 3.25 GPA and have completed general education requirements before admission to the minor. Students normally apply during the sophomore or junior year; application deadlines are October 1 and April 1.

    Applications must include:

    1. A 2-3 page statement of purpose indicating why the student is applying and how the minor will help their future career
    2. One letter of recommendation, preferably from a faculty member, and
    3. A brief résumé.

    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

    Courses Credits
    ​AMH 3423 Florida Since 1845 ​3
    ENC 3254 Writing for Public Leadership 3
    POS 3263 Policy, Ethics and Public Leadership ​3
    POS 4940 Public Affairs Internship or
    IDS 4940 Internship or
    IDH 4940 Internship
    S/U only
    PUP 3002 Current Controversies 3

    Substantive Policy Elective: Choose One

    Courses Credits
    CCJ 3662 Crime, Gender and Race 3
    ​CJL 4565 Law and Social Policy ​3
    ECP 3302 Environmental Politics 3
    INR 4202 Comparative Foreign Policy 3
    INR 4303 Making American Foreign Policy 3
    ​POS 4424 Legislative Politics ​3
    POS 4931 Food Politics 3
    POS 4931 Religion and Public Policy 3
    ​PUP 3204 Politics and Ecology ​3
    ​PUP 4008 Analyzing Public Policy ​3
    ​PUP 4224 Florida Environmental Politics ​3
    PUP 4404 Politics of Education 3
    SYO 3534 Poverty 3

    Choose an additional Substantive Policy elective from list above or a Leadership elective from list below

    Courses Credits
    ​AEC 3414 Leadership Development ​3
    ​AEC 4465 Global Leadership ​3
    ​AEC 4417 Leadership for Personal and Organizational Change 3​
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minors: public-leadership