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Certificate in Political and Civic Engagement (PACEACRT)Political and Civic Engagement Program

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.


The Certificate in Political and Civic Engagement combines academic study with hands-on learning to provide students with an education in democratic citizenship. It prepares students to make a difference through active engagement in American political and civic life. Students learn to seek out various perspectives, engage in dialogue, analyze the effectiveness of policies, and take principled stands on vital public issues. They also explore the relationship between theory and practice, develop informed critiques of political and civic institutions, practice collective decision-making, work with those who hold opposing views, and devise effective solutions to public problems.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 22 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory Course. One (1) course:
  2. Career course. One (1) course:
    • (Any topic)
    • SPEA-V 252 Career Development and Planning
  3. Issue Forum. One (1) course:
  4. Electives. May be taken before adding the certificate. It is recommended that no more than 6 credit hours be taken from one department (for instance, POLS or MSCH or SPEA).
    1. College Electives. Six (6) credit hours:
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
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      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
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      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    2. Free Electives. Six (6) credit hours:
      • Additional courses from the College Electives list.
      • BUS-G 316 Sustainable Enterprise
      • BUS-G 406 Bus Enterprise & Public Policy
      • BUS-L 409 Law and the Environment
      • BUS-L 250 Law and the Arts
      • BUS-L 302 Sustainability Law & Policy
      • BUS-T 175 Kelley Compass 1
      • BUS-T 275 Kelley Compass 2
      • BUS-Z 404 Effective Negotiations
      • BUS-Z 447 Leadership, Teamwork and Diversity
      • LSTU-L 110 Introduction to Labor Studies: Labor and Society
      • LSTU-L 203 Labor and the Political System
      • LSTU-L 230 Labor and the Economy
      • LSTU-L 385 Class, Race, Gender and Work
      • SPEA-A 459 Public Policy and the Arts
      • SPEA-E 476 Environmental Law and Regulation
      • SPEA-H 124 Overview of the U.s. Healthcare System
      • SPEA-H 324 Health Policy
      • SPEA-V 161 Urban Problems and Solutions
      • SPEA-V 181 Us Policy and Administration
      • SPEA-V 182 Policy-making Around the World: Comparative and International Approaches
      • SPEA-V 184 Law and Public Affairs
      • SPEA-V 185 Management of Public Problems and Solutions
      • SPEA-V 186 Introduction to Public Budgeting and Finance
      • SPEA-V 221 Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
      • SPEA-V 362 Nonprofit Management and Leadership
      • SPEA-V 378 Federal Government Processes
      • SPEA-V 405 Public Law and the Legislative Process
      • SPEA-V 406 Public Law and the Electoral Process
      • SPEA-V 407 Public Law and Government Relations
      • SPEA-V 409 Federal Policymaking and the Hearing Process
      • SPEA-V 412 Leadership and Ethics
      • SPEA-V 424 Environmental Law, Justice, and Politics
      • SPEA-V 425 Homeland Security: Policy and Practice
      • SPEA-V 435 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
      • SPEA-V 436 Communication for Government and Nonprofit Organizations
      • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • SPEA-V 462 Community Development
      • SPEA-V 481 Grant Writing for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
      • SPEA-V 482 Overseas Topics in Public Affairs
      • SPH-R 282
      • SWK-S 102 Understanding Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
      • SWK-S 251 History and Analysis of Social Welfare Policy
      • SWK-S 300 Selected Topics in Social Work (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • SWK-S 352 Social Welfare Policy and Practice
  5. Internship. At least 1 credit hour:
    • SPEA-V 380 Internship in Public and Environmental Affairs
    • SPEA-V 381 Professional Experience
  6. Capstone Seminar.
    • (Requires departmental consent after all other requirements for the certificate are completed)
  7. College Residency. At least 15 credit hours must be earned within the College of Arts and Sciences.
  8. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to certificate requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.