CERTIFICATE: PUBLIC POLICY
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The Public Policy BDP introduces students to the development and implementation of public policy. You will learn about substantive policy issues, become familiar with how policies are made and carried out, and develop an understanding of the complexities and uncertainties of the political process. The program will be beneficial to students who aspire to positions in policy-relevant institutions such as government agencies, legislative offices, think tanks, and advocacy groups, and it will teach students who plan to work in business or nonprofit organizations how government works.

This BDP focuses on how change happens. Students will learn about the policy-making process, beginning with the point when someone senses a problem or an opportunity and begins to press the matter. You will then walk through the processes by which that sense of a problem is turned into a public policy issue through research, mobilization, the engagement of political leaders, and in some instances, the passage and implementation of new policy.

Declare This Certificate

Applications for the Bridging Disciplines Programs are accepted twice a year, during the fall and spring semesters. Learn additional information and how to apply to the BDPs. Interested students can attend an information session, which are offered throughout the semester.

Any degree-seeking undergraduate at UT is eligible to apply to the BDPs. Students must plan to be enrolled at UT as a degree-seeking undergraduate for at least two semesters after the semester in which they apply to the BDP. The BDPs are open to undergraduate students from every college and school at UT, view eligibility and benefits. Learn about advising services for Public Policy BDP students.

Required Courses

With 19 credit hours of coursework and connecting experiences, students may earn a BDP certificate in Public Policy. View a complete list of courses and requirements .

Specializations

    Students may focus their Public Policy certificate in at least two of the following categories:
    • Communication Policy
    • Community and Urban Policy
    • Economic Policy
    • Education Policy
    • Race, Immigration, and Citizenship
    • Science and Technology Policy
    • Other Public Policy

Personality

By studying an issue from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, BDP students become more flexible, versatile thinkers, prepared for a professional world that values collaboration and innovation.

The program is beneficial to students who aspire to work in policy-relevant institutions such as government agencies, legislative offices, think tanks, and advocacy groups, and it teaches students who plan to work in business or nonprofit organizations how government works.

Skills

After completing 19 credit hours consisting of coursework, research, and internship experiences, students earn a certificate that will be recognized on students' transcripts, demonstrating a secondary area of specialization that complements the major. By pursuing an interdisciplinary certificate, students in the BDPs learn to become more flexible, versatile thinkers, better prepared for a professional world that values innovation and collaboration. Students in the BDPs gain access to unique research and internship experiences at UT and around the world, giving them hands-on experience applying what they have learned in the classroom.