The role of gender in politics and policy making is central to the program’s design, goals, and curriculum. The six inter-connected courses provide students with a comprehensive background as women in leadership in public policy. Two courses will be offered each semester in fall and spring. Students may apply for the entire program and, if they complete all six courses with a 3.0 ("B") average, they will receive a Graduate Certificate.
These two courses teach students advanced policy analysis and practical skills for politics and public policy formulation and implementation by focusing on contemporary American public policy issues and women in American politics and policymaking.
PAFG 619 Contemporary American Public Policy Issues
PAFG 623 Women in American Politics and Policy Making
Two courses provide training in case study methodology for policy analysis and culminates with a case study seminar. Students complete a case study as their capstone project.
PAFG 626 Case Study Methodology for Policy Analysis
PAFG 627 Case Study Seminar
These two courses provide learning environments for a deeper understanding of the political and policymaking process. Students spend at least 200 hours over the two semesters (typically 16-20 hours per week) as interns in the offices of members of the U.S. Congress or state senators and representatives; in state or local agencies; non-profit or advocacy organizations; or at prestigious research institutes. Throughout the program faculty guide students in the process of integrating theoretical knowledge and practical skills learned in their internships.
PAGF 622 Fall Internship
PAFG 624 Spring Internship