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School of Public and Environmental Affairs

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Area Certificate in Public Affairs

Area Certificate in Public Affairs

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs offers the Area Certificate in Public Affairs to students wishing to study public policy, governmental organization, and public management skills in addition to the major area of their undergraduate programs. The program is interdisciplinary, and students from any department or school of Indiana University are eligible.

Student Consumer Information about this Program

The Area Certificate in Public Affairs requires a total of 27 credit hours, of which SPEA must teach at least 15 but no more than 21 credit hours. (Each course carries 3 credit hours.) To be eligible for a certificate, Indiana University students must complete the following requirements in addition to satisfying all degree requirements for the baccalaureate degree program of their choice:

Requirements

All of the following:

  • SPEA-E 272 Introduction to Environmental Science (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 170 Introduction to Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 264 Urban Structure and Policy (3 cr.)

One course each from two of the following groups:

Organizational Behavior

  • SPEA-J 310 Introduction to Administrative Process (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 270 Survey of Administrative Techniques (3 cr.)
  • BUS-Z 300 (or BUS-Z 301) Organizational Behavior and Leadership (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 390 Micropolitics and Organizational Behavior (3 cr.)

Public Administration

  • SPEA-V 366 Managing Behavior in Public Organizations (3 cr.)

Law

  • SPEA-V 376 Law and Public Policy (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 304 / POLS-Y 305 American Constitutional Law I and II (3/3 cr.)
  • BUS-L 201 Legal Environment of Business (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-J 301 Substantive criminal Law (3 cr.)

Four courses from one of the following categories:

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

  • SPEA-V 260 Topics in Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 346 Introduction to Government Accounting and Financial Reporting (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 348 Management Science (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 365 Urban Development and Planning (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 372 Government Finance and Budgets (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 373 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 432 Labor Relations in the Public Sector (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 442 Topics in Fiscal Management (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 444 Public Administrative Organization (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 449 Applied Policy Analysis (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V 472 Policy Processes in the U.S. (3 cr.)

Political Science

  • POLS-Y 200 Citizen and the Courts (3 cr.) (This is a topics in political science course. The only acceptable topic is "Citizen and the Courts.")
  • POLS-Y 302 Public Bureaucracy in Modern Society (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 306 State Politics in the United States (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 394 Public Policy Analysis (3 cr.)

Criminal Justice

  • SPEA-J 101 American Criminal Justice System (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-J 322 Introduction to Criminalistics (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-J 370 Social Control Systems (3 cr.) (This is a seminar in criminal justice course. The only acceptable topic is "Social Control Systems.")
Sociology
  • SOC-S 320 Deviance and Control (3 cr.)
  • SOC-S 325 Criminology (3 cr.)
  • SOC-S 461 Urban Sociology (3 cr.)
  • SOC-S 424 Sociology of Law (3 cr.)

For more information, visit the School of Public and Environmental Affairs page on the IU Northwest Bulletin.