Skip to main content
Skip to main content

Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

Connect with the College

Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy

Introduction to the Public Policy Certificate: The Public Policy Certificate allows students to develop their abilities as policy advocates and policy analysts by focusing attention on areas of public policy that are of contemporary importance to Florida and to the nation.

Admission Prerequisites: In order to apply for admission to the Public Policy Certificate program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Successful completion of ISS 4304: Contemporary Social Problems with a grade of C or higher

Application Procedure: To apply to complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy, students must meet the prerequisites noted above and:

  • Email completed application form, personal statement, and faculty recommendation letter to ISS-PublicPolicy@fsu.edu prior to completing 6 credit hours towards the Public Policy Certificate. If you have completed more than 6 credit hours towards the Public Policy Certificate, your application may not be processed.
  • Admission is limited to 20 students per academic year. Applications will be considered in the order in which they were received.

Certificate Requirements: Students must complete 21 credit hours at FSU toward this certificate. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher in all certificate coursework. The following breakdown of courses is required:

  • PUP 3002: Introduction to Public Policy (3 credits)
  • 9 credit hours from approved lists noted below in one of the following policy areas (see approved lists below):
    1. Health and Aging
    2. Poverty and Inequality
    3. Risk Management
    4. Government Regulation
  • ISS 4014: Evidence Based Public Policy (3 credits) with a grade or C or higher
  • ISS 4935: Public Policy Seminar (3 credits)
  • 3 credit hours of quantitative analysis coursework selected from:
    • POS 3713: Understanding Political Science Research
    • SYA 4300: Methods of Social Research
    • SYA 4400: Social Statistics
    • ECO 3431: Analysis of Economic Data
    • ECP 4618: Research Methods for Studying Housing, Land and Mortgage
    • ISS 4931: Interdisciplinary Research Methods

Award Policy for Public Policy Certificate: In the semester you are planning to complete all requirements for the Public Policy Certificate, you must:

If you do not submit a filled Public Policy Certificate Completion Form prior to your graduation from FSU, the Public Policy certificate may not be awarded. The filled Public Policy Certificate Completion Form is must be submitted prior to grades posting in the semester in which you will complete all requirements for the Public Policy certificate.

Contact Information: Questions and submissions can be sent via email to ISS-PublicPolicy@fsu.edu

Approved Coruse Lists for Public Policy Areas

1. Health and Aging

ECP 4530 Economics of Health
GEO 4450 Medical Geography
GIS 4421 GIS and Health
PUP 4931 Health Services Organizations and Policy
PAD 4844 Public Health and Emergency Management
SYP 3730 Aging & Life Course
SYO 4402 Medical Sociology
SYP 4550 Alcohol & Drug Problems
SYP 4764 Aging Policies & Services
SYA 4930 Neighborhoods, Stress & Health

2. Poverty and Inequality

ECP 3143 African Americans in U.S Political Economics
ECS 3600 Economics of Native Americans
ECO 4132 Economics of Compassion
GEO 4404 Black Geographies
SYO 3530 Social Class & Inequality
SYD 4700 Race & Minority Group Relations
SYA 4930 Sociology of Education
SYD 3800 Sex & Gender
SYA 4930 Sociology of Sexuality
PAD 4332 Strategic Leadership Communities
PAD 4382 Disaster Recovery and Mitigation
POS 4070 Race, Ethnicity, and Politics
POS 4624 Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights
URP 4811 Multicultural Urbanism
URP4936/5540 State and Local Economic Development

3. Risk Management

ECO 3933 Economics of Risk and Uncertainty
ECP 3302 Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment
ECP 4312 Economics of Energy, the Environment, and Sustainability
GEO 4340 Living in a Hazardous Environment
PUP 4203 Environmental Politics and Policy
PAD 4393 Emergency Management, Programs, Planning, and Policy
SYP 3000 Social Psychology of Groups
SYP 4570 Deviance & Social Control
PAD 4372 Leadership and Communication in Emergency Management
PAD 4391 Foundations in Emergency Management

4. Government Regulation

ECO 3130 Free to Choose
ECO 4504 Public Sector Economics
ECO 3004 Debating Economic Issues
ECP 3451 Economics and the Law
ECP 3617 Land Use, Housing, and Government Regulation
ECP 4413 Government Regulation of Business
CPO 3703 Comparative Democratic Institutions
CPO 3743 States and Markets
POS 3122 State Politics
POS 3182 Florida Government
PUP 4744 Public Policy and Business
PAD 3003 Public Administration in Society
PAD 4120 Managing Florida’s Government and its Key Policy Issues
URP4936/5939 Consequences of Planning