Public Policy Analysis Certificate (U-PPAC) is an interdisciplinary
program that provides students with knowledge of the policy process and
the methodological skills for analyzing policy problems and programs.
Students interested in policy issues, acquiring set of analytical and
methodological tools for evaluating policies, or seeking a policy-related
job in the public or private sector will benefit from the U-PPAC. All
UNL undergraduates are eligible.
are required to complete fifteen (15) credit hours of course work plus
a three (3) credit hour internship for a total of eighteen (18) credit
hours. Students who have completed the program will receive a certificate
in Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation upon graduation.
and Requirements for the Undergraduate Policy Curriculum
train students to analyze systematically and coherently public policies,
negotiate multiple and competing interests, and develop in-depth knowledge
and application in substantive policy issue(s).
Level courses cover the theories, processes, models, and methods of
policy analysis. (6 hours; both courses required)
235 Public Policy Concepts and Processes
236 Public Policy Analysis: Methods and Models
Second Level course examines the interpersonal, interagency and inter-group
negotiation processes within which policymaking occurs. Choose one
of the following. (3 hours).
211 Intercultural Communication
371 Communication in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
375 Theories of Persuasion
Level courses apply models, methods, and the understanding of the
policy process in substantive policy arenas. Students consult with
the policy certificate coordinator to create a specialized plan of
study for this level. (6 hours)
Level: Internship; fieldwork (3 hours; capstone experience). Students
will be placed in a governmental or non-profit agency relating to
their issue area of expertise. The internship occurs after completing
or during the last semester of course work for the U-PPAC. The political
science undergraduate advisor as well as the policy certificate coordinator
will help students find an appropriate policy-relevant internship.
Academic requirements for the internship will be set by the U-PPAC
coordinator; however, the student can register for internship credit
through political science or their major department.
must meet with the policy analysis coordinator to set up a plan of
For more information or to enroll in the certificate program, contact
511 Oldfather Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0328