Practical Political Leadership Certificate

POL Cert.
The Politics Department offers a Certificate in Practical Political Leadership. The Certificate is designed for students interested in public sector careers, both in and out of government. Students who earn the Certificate develop oral communication, leadership, and teamwork skills, and apply those skills to achieve civic aims.


For students majoring or minoring in Politics:

Three Course Credits

  1. Complete one of the following: State and Urban Politics (POL 101), Political Parties and Pressure Groups (POL 102), or Elections and Voting (POL 103)
  2. Complete one Public Service Internship (POL 195)
  3. Complete either one Special Study (POL 197) or four Democracy Labs (.25 POL 192) in one of the following three areas:
  1. Organize on-campus voter registration and turnout activities in conjunction with the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
  2. Organize an on-campus public forum on a particular issue. The forum shall include alternative perspectives on the issue and consideration of how to make positive change through public action
  3. Take a leadership role in a campaign to bring about tangible changes in public awareness of a particular issue, or a change in public policy

For all other students:

In addition to the above requirements

4.   Complete Introduction to American Politics (POL 2) before enrolling in the other courses. You may substitute comparable courses from yourr major department, if available, for the POL 197/POL192 requirement.


For more information, contact Professor Steve Woolpert (; 925-631-4609)


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