Courses & Degree Requirements

The academic program focuses on political structures and processes, the effects of public policies on women, women’s influence in politics, and the formulation and implementation of public policy. The role of gender, race/ethnicity, and class in politics and policymaking is central to the program’s design, goals, and curriculum.

Courses take place two evenings per week, and once a month students also attend an internship course. Students are admitted as full-time students in September and take six courses as a cohort over two semesters.

Core Seminars  

PUBADM 623 Women in American Politics and Policymaking

Students are active participants in exploring the many dimensions of politics in the United States, how women have organized to have a greater role in politics, and the skills women need to fully participate in politics and policymaking. Students examine how politics and government affect American women’s lives today, and assess the ways that women participate in the political process in order to influence the course of public policy. Reading and class discussions on the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender in politics are central to the theoretical perspectives that provide the foundation of this course. 

PUBADM 619 Contemporary American Public Policy Issues

Students examine the formulation, implementation, and impact of public policy as well as the values and principles that influence political debates in the United States. In addition to learning the essentials of public policy formation and analysis, students will actively negotiate the complexity of policy making in action through assignments designed to develop key skills. The course focuses on several major domestic policy areas with emphases on health care, economic security, and social welfare.

Research Methods  

PUBADM 628 Research Methods for Policy Analysis

This class provides a survey of research methods and the use of evidence to build persuasive arguments. The course is divided into three sections: (1) quantitative methods; (2) qualitative methods; and (3) community-based participatory action research, providing an overview of each group of research methods. Throughout all three sections, the course will include feminist research methods and scholarly work. Each section of the course culminates in the submission of a policy brief on a topic of the student’s choosing. Each policy brief will highlight the research methods from that portion of the course.

Leadership Development  

PUBADM 629 Leadership and Organizations: Gender, Power, and Authority

This course offers students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of authority, leadership, and organizational dynamics, and to learn about their own behavior in groups. We will unpack terms such as authority, power, leadership, boundaries, role, and task to deepen students’ understanding of their own experiences in groups, organizations, and communities. The impact of social identity (gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age, etc.) on how roles are taken up or allowed to be taken up in groups and organizations will also be explored.

Public Policy Internships  

PUBADM 622 Fall Internship, PUBADM 624 Spring Internship

The GLPP internship program is designed to provide students with substantive experience in the field of politics and public policy. Students receive faculty guidance through the internship selection process and are expected to secure an internship by the end of the semester. Students may begin their internship in the fall or spring semester, and are expected to complete a minimum of 160 hours during the course of the academic year. Monthly internship class meetings and a final reflective assignment emphasize professional and leadership development.

The second semester of GLPP’s internship program provides an opportunity for students to integrate and apply knowledge from GLPP core seminars to the experiential learning at the internship setting. It also allows for learnings in the field to inform and complement GLPP coursework. Monthly meetings explore themes of leadership, organizational and institutional analysis, career trajectories, and self-evaluation/professional development. Written assignments and oral presentations are required in this course in addition to the completion of internship hours. The course culminates in final presentations to the cohort and program faculty about the internship experience.

Learn more about the variety of our internship placements.

Continue Your Study to Earn an MPA in One Additional Year

GLPP graduate certificate students also have the opportunity to apply for and earn a Master of Public Administration (MPA)-GLPP track in one additional year.