Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Applying a policy perspective to bolster student skills

This certificate program complements existing majors for students seeking careers related to domestic and international issues such as criminal justice, education, energy and the environment, finance, transportation, and poverty. It also prepares students to be engaged citizens, ready to use their talents to improve the world around them.

The program focuses on evidence-based practices and provides students with the skills to gather data and information from various sources, analyze and synthesize the findings, and write a clear and concise report to illustrate the main points.

Students must complete 12 credits—one course in each of these foundational categories:

  • Introductory course: PA 200 Contemporary Public Policy Issues (Spring 2019)
  • Analytic tools course: PA 380 Analytic Tools for Public Policy (Spring 2019)
  • Policy specialization course: Can be taken in departments across campus. Full list available June 2019. 
  • Fieldwork & internship course: Will be taught starting in summer 2020. 

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