Certificate in Public
Center for Public Service
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Florida
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
AMH 3423 Florida Since 1845
POS 3263 Policy, Ethics and Public Leadership
PUP 3002 Current Controversies in Public Policy
PAD 4940 Public Affairs Internship*
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.
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.
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
must come from a UF faculty member; and c) a brief resume. APPLICATION
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.
Additional Information –
contact Kimberly Martin, graduate assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Professor David Hedge, academic program director, at email@example.com.
*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