The Graham Center’s Public Leadership Minor is an interdisciplinary program for undergraduates interested in acquiring skills to develop as civically responsible citizens, as well as for those interested in careers in the public and private sectors.

Through course work and practical experience, students gain the skills and knowledge necessary for effective and ethical public service. Courses draw on the expertise of faculty and staff in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as other colleges across campus.

The minor is intended to complement a variety of majors, including the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, journalism and business.

Hours

21 credits (18 credit hours plus a public policy-focused internship graded S/U, completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0)

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

Requirements

Students pursuing the minor are expected to engage in the intellectual life of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service by participating in public lectures, workshops, seminars, and civic engagement opportunities the Center offers.

Students must have a 2.75 GPA for admission to the minor, and should normally apply during the sophomore or junior year, though they may apply later as long as they will still be able to complete all requirements for the minor within a timely manner that does not delay graduation. 

Required Courses

  • AMH 3423 Florida Since 1845
  • ENC 3254 Professional Writing in the Discipline
  • POS 3263 Policy, Ethics and Public Leadership
  • PUP 3002 Current Controversies in Public Policy
  • Select one (S/U only) 
    • POS 4940 Political Internship
    • IDS 4940 Internship
    • IDH 4940 Internship
  • Substantive Policy elective
  • Substantive Policy elective or Leadership elective

Approved Electives

SUBSTANTIVE POLICY ELECTIVES

  • CPO 4793 Environmental Politics in the Global South
  • ECO 2310 Economics of Sustainability
  • ECP 3302 Environmental Economics and Resource Policy
  • IDS 2338 Democratic Engagement and Public Leadership (Online)
  • INR 4204 Comparative Foreign Policy
  • INR 4303 The Making of American Foreign Policy
  • JOU 4930 Special Study in Journalism
  • PAD 3003 Intro to Public Administration
  • POS 4074 Latino Politics and Policy
  • POS 4077 African American Politics and Policy
  • POS 4931 Special Topics
  • POS 4424 Legislative Politics
  • POS 4931 Special Topics: Food Politics
  • POS 4931 Special Topics: Religion and Public Policy
  • PUP 3323 Women in Politics
  • PUP 4224 Florida Environmental Politics
  • PUP 4404 Politics of Education
  • SYO 3534 Poverty
  • WST 3663 Gender and Food Politics

LEADERSHIP ELECTIVES

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

Apply

Students seeking admission to the minor should first contact Dr. Tim Karis, tkaris@ufl.edu. Students should apply by completing the standard Application to Add or Cancel an Undergraduate Minor form.