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New Public Policy Certificate Kicks Off Classes This Fall

LBJ School exteriorPairing real-world experiences with classes taught by distinguished faculty from across the Forty Acres, a new Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP) certificate will allow students to see first-hand how public policy decisions are made. The newest of 12 interdisciplinary certificates, the Public Policy BDP is a collaborative effort between the School of Undergraduate Studies and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Applications for Public Policy and the other 11 BDP certificates are accepted each spring and fall semester. Students interested in spring 2014 admission may submit applications through March 6.

Standing Out in a Crowded Market

Ed Dorn, professor of public affairs at the LBJ School and faculty chair for the new BDP, knows a thing or two about public policy. A former LBJ School dean who served in the administrations of two presidents, Dorn sees the Public Policy BDP as a way to give students a head start in a crowded job market.

“A certificate in public policy may provide a competitive advantage to recent graduates who are applying for jobs in the public sector,” Dorn said. “Many UT undergraduates are keenly interested in politics and public policy. Our courses help orient them to the challenges and opportunities they will confront in those environments.”

The LBJ School is funding two of the