Course List

Disciplines for Certificate Courses

A variety of courses from several disciplines (identified below) fulfill the certificate requirement for core courses and for those exercising the Local Policy or Non-Profit track. Students should consult with the Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy about specific course offerings. Transfer students may only transfer up to two courses from institutions previously attended. The program is intended to expand student options and complement degree programs.

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Public Policy Tracks

Federal Policy (9 credit hours)

This internship involves the student interning with a governmental, non-governmental or political organization in the nation's capital. The specifics of the internship are agreed upon by the student and the institute adviser, with the student receiving up to six credit hours. Students are responsible for their own room and board, although the institute will assist as much as possible in arranging housing and financial aid. The student also takes one (if the internship is worth a full six credit hours) or the following two courses:

  • PUP 4004: Public Policy:U.S.
  • PAD 3034: Public Policy and its Administration

Internship in Washington, D.C. (6 credit hours)

Students should register for the internship, field study or independent study course in their department (e.g., PAD 4940, POS 4944, or POS 4941).

State Policy (9 credit hours)

Students obtain internships in State of Florida government agencies in Tallahassee or in South Florida. Advisers from the institute work with students to determine which agency is most suitable, depending upon the student's personal and professional interests. Although the students are responsible for their own room and board, the institute helps to arrange housing in Tallahassee and assists in the application for financial aid. The State Policy internship option is worth a total of 9 credit hours.

  • PUP 4004: Public Policy: U.S.
  • PAD 3034: Policy Development and Implementation
  • POS 4122: State Government and Politics
  • POS 4182: Florida Politics

State Policy Internship (6 credit hours)

Students should register for the internship, field study, or independent study course in their department (e.g., PAD 4940, POS 4944, POS 4941 or POS 4945).

Local Policy (9 credit hours)

This option may be the most viable for those who want to earn the certificate, but who are unable to leave South Florida for an internship. This option is designed to be as flexible as possible. The nature of this option is worked out between the student and the institute adviser. The student receives three credit hours for whichever courses are completed, including a local internship. Courses must be taken in at least two difference disciplines, at least one being outside the student's departmental major. Core courses may not count toward the fulfillment of these requirements.

  • PUP 4004: Public Policy: U.S.
  • PAD 3034: Public Policy and its Administration
  • SYD 4410: Urban Sociology
  • POS 3152: Urban Politics
  • POS 4188: Miami Politics

Local Policy Internship (6 credit hours)

Students should register for the internship, field study or independent study course in their department (e.g., PAD 4940, POS 4944, POS 4941 or POS 4945).

Non-Profit Policy (9 credit hours)

Students obtain internship placement in a local, private, non-profit organization. Institute advisers will work with the student to select a work assignment related to policy issues. The student may earn up to six academic credit hours for the internship, depending on the number of internship hours worked. The student should register for the internship, field study or independent study course in their department.

The student will also take one or two courses related to urban issues, non-profit organizations, special interest groups, social policies or similar issues, as determined appropriate by institute advisers.