Certificate in Politics

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The Certificate in Politics is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge and practical skills to effectively navigate complex and diverse political environments. Students who have completed this certificate have gone on to manage political campaigns, run for office, work at the intersection of the public and private sectors, and lead local, state, and federal government organizations.

The Certificate in Politics requires four (4) c.u.*, including two (2) foundational courses and two (2) electives chosen from the list below.

Foundational Courses

  • GAFL 502: Public Communications
  • GAFL 551 Government Relations


Choose two of the following:

  • GAFL 631: Public Law and Public Process 
  • GAFL 710: Negotiations
  • GAFL 509: Who Gets Elected and Why?
  • GAFL 559: Social Enterprise, Social Finance, and Collective Impact toward System and Policy Change

A course may only be counted toward one certificate, and Fels MPA and EMPA students may count no more than two core courses toward a certificate.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326