Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Programs / Minors & Certificates: Certificate in Professional Politics

A Certificate in Professional Politics

Program Requirements

Courses in the program focus on applied skills and settings: campaign management, media and politics, polling, public policy, and lobbying.

Students receiving the certificate must complete 15 semester hours, as outlined below. The internship serves as a capstone experience for the program and is limited to professional political settings. Credit hours for the internship may range from 3 to 12 semester hours depending on the number of hours worked per week.

Choose 12 hours from the following options:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • POLS 3313
    Public Policy Analysis
    3
  • POLS 3380
    Mass Media and Politics
    3
  • POLS 3385
    Campaigns and Elections
    3
  • POLS 3388
    Lobbying and Interest Groups
    3
  • POLS 3390
    Political Research On-Line
    3
  • POLS 3394
    Public Polling and Survey Techniques
    3
  • POLS 4410
    American Legal System
    3
  • POLS 4420
    Judicial Process
    3
  • POLS 4444
    Administrative Practices and Organization
    3

Required Capstone Experience - 3 Credit Hours

Any three of the following American Studies cluster courses depending on the individual student’s interests and career goals.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • POLS 3398
    Internship
    3

Program Total - 15 Credit Hours