Public Policy Analysis Certificate Requirements


The Public Policy Analysis Certificate (PPAC) is an interdisciplinary program, which makes it easy for students from many different majors and minors to complete the certificate program without adding any time to their program. Students can complete the PPAC by completing a total of 18 credit hours. These 18 credits are broken out across four levels of coursework.

Level I: Two public policy courses to gain knowlege on the theories, processes, models, and methods of policy analysis.
Level II: One course dealing with the interpersonal, interagency, and inter-group comunication process that occurs in policymaking.
Level III: Two courses in a substantive policy area of students' choosing to gain specialized knowledge of the topic.
Level IV: Internship expereince taken for academic credit where the student can get hands on experience with policy in the real world working for a non-profit or government agency. 

Areas of Policy Specialization 

Students work with the Public Policy Analysis Coordinator to create a specialized plan of study based on the student's policy interest. Currently a student can choose from any of the 14 policy areas listed below for their level three coursework, or they can choose to work with the Public Policy Analysis Coordinator to identify coursework related to another area of policy. 

Community (Urban & Rural) Policy Environmental Policy
Comparative/International Policy Family Policy
Criminal Justice Policy Gender Policy
Cultura/Ethnic Policy Gerontology Policy
Drug Policy Health Policy
Economic Policy Immigration Policy
Education Policy Social Policy

Click here for examples of Course Plans. 


For more information or to enroll in the certificate program, please contact the Public Policy Analysis Coordinator.

Kara Brant
Public Policy Analysis Coordinator
Political Science/Sociology Adviser

Dr. Kevin Smith
Public Policy Analysis Director
Political Science Department Chair