Certificate in Public Leadership
Bob Graham Center for Public Service

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Florida



The Program

As the role of governments continue to increase and as the lines between the public and private sectors blur, it becomes important for students to have an appreciation of the issues governments address, the moral dilemmas they face, and the solutions they seek.  The certificate in public leadership is an interdisciplinary program for undergraduates interested in a wide range of careers in the public and private sectors.  Through coursework and practical experience students gain many of the skills and understandings necessary for effective and ethical leadership careers.  The certificate is intended to complement major programs offered across the university, including the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, journalism, and business.


 

Students are required to earn a grade of B or better in 18 hours of public affairs courses, including:


ENC3254 Writing for Public Leadership
AMH 3423 Florida Since 1845
POS 3263 Policy, Ethics and Public Leadership
PUP 3002 Current Controversies in Public Policy
PAD 4940 Public Affairs Internship*

Analytic Perspectives (choose 1)**
    ECO 3101 Intermediate Economics
    ECO 3531 Public Choice
    PUP 4008 Analyzing Public Policy


Students pursuing a certificate will also participate in workshops, seminars, and speaker series offered by the Graham Center.


Eligibility
Students must have a minimum 3.25 UF GPA and have completed the university’s general education requirements prior to admission to the certificate program. Students will normally apply during their sophomore or junior year.  

To Apply
Applications must include: a) 2-3 page statement of purpose.  Please tell us your reasons for applying to the program and how participation will help with your future career; b) two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must come from a UF faculty member; and c) a brief resume. APPLICATION FORM  


COMPLETED APPLICATIONS FOR FALL, 2007 ADMISSION ARE DUE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, 234 ANDERSON HALL NO LATER THAN 4:30 PM, MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007.

For Additional Information – contact Kimberly Martin, graduate assistant, at kdmartin@ufl.edu or Professor David Hedge, academic program director, at dhedge@ufl.edu.  

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*Internships must be pre-approved by the Academic Program Director.
**An additional course, History and Public Policy, is currently being developed and once approved will be added to the list of analytic perspective courses.