Hours: 21 credits (18 credit hours plus an internship graded S/U, completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0)

The interdisciplinary minor in public leadership, offered by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, is for students interested in careers in the public and private sectors and for those interested in acquiring skills to develop as civically responsible citizens. Through course work and practical experience, students gain the skills and knowledge necessary for effective and ethical public service. The minor is intended to complement a variety of majors, including the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, journalism and business.

Requirements: Students must have a 3.25 GPA and have completed the majority of their general education requirements before admission to the minor. Students are encouraged to consider partially fulfilling their general education requirements by taking ECO 2013: Principles of Macroeconomics and STA 2023: Introduction to Statistics. 

After admission to the minor students are required to attend SIX of the following events before graduation offered by the Bob Graham Center including: special opportunities for students to meet and talk with a speaker; public lectures; workshops or seminars. Within twenty-four hours of participation in these events, students will submit a one-page paper regarding the event. Check with the Center for guidelines for the paper.

Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits of coursework exclusive to the minor that cannot count toward the major(s) or other minors.

Required Courses

  • AMH 3423 Florida Since 1845
  • ENC 3254 Writing for Public Leadership
  • POS 3263 Policy, Ethics and Public Leadership
  • PUP 3002 Current Controversies
  • POS 4940 Public Affairs Internship (S/U only) 

Electives (Choose 2 policy electives or 1 policy elective and 1 leadership elective from the list below):


  • CCJ 3662 Crime, Gender and Race
  • CJL 4565 Law and Social Policy
  • CPO 4793 Environmental Politics in the Global South
  • ECP 3302 Environmental Economics
  • IDS 2338 Democratic Engagement and Public Leadership (Online)
  • INR 4202 Comparative Foreign Policy
  • INR 4303 Making American Foreign Policy
  • JOU 4930 Viral Rhetoric
  • PAD 3003 Intro to Public Administration
  • POS 4074 Latino Politics and Policy
  • POS 4077 African American Politics and Policy
  • POS 4424 Legislative Policy
  • POS 4931 Environmental and Sustainability Leadership
  • POS 4931 Food Politics
  • POS 4931 Religion and Public Policy
  • PUP 3204 Politics and Ecology
  • PUP 3323 Women in Politics
  • PUP 4008 Analyzing Public Policy
  • PUP 4224 Florida Environmental Politics
  • PUP 4404 Politics of Education
  • SYO 3534 Poverty
  • WST 3371 Women, Leadership and Diversity in the Global Environment


  • AEC 3414 Leadership Development
  • AEC 4417 Leadership for Personal and Organizational Change
  • AEC 4465 Global Leadership



Application to the minor is normally made during sophomore or junior year. Students seeking admission to the Minor should first apply to the Bob Graham Center. Applications include to the Bob Graham Center include:

1. The Bob Graham Center application form

2. A 2-3 page statement of purpose indicating why the student is applying and how participating will help his/her future career

3. One letter of recommendation, preferably from a faculty member, and

4. A brief résumé.

After being accepted into the minor program by the Bob Graham Center, students must then submit a formal application to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Office to add the minor.

For more information about the minor, contact Academic Program Director Dr. Sheila Dickison at 225 Pugh Hall and at doctord@ufl.edu.