Hours: 21 credits (18 credit hours plus an internship graded S/U, completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0)

The interdisciplinary minor in public leadership, offered by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, is for students interested in careers in the public and private sectors and for those interested in acquiring skills to develop as civically responsible citizens. Through course work and practical experience, students gain the skills and knowledge necessary for effective and ethical public service. The minor is intended to complement a variety of majors, including the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, journalism and business.


Students are encouraged to consider partially fulfilling their general education requirements by taking ECO 2013:Principles of Macroeconomics and STA 2023: Introduction to Statistics.

Application to the minor is normally made during sophomore or junior year, but students may apply earlier. After being accepted into the minor program by the Bob Graham Center, students must then submit a formal application to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Office to add the minor.

This minor requires an internship with a public policy focus.

Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits of coursework exclusive to the minor that cannot count toward the major(s) or other minors.

Students pursuing the minor are expected to attend events offered by the Bob Graham Center before graduation: public lectures, workshops, seminars, and the speakers series. These events provide an opportunity to interact with visiting speakers on topics of current interest.

Required Courses

  • AMH 3423 Florida Since 1845
  • ENC 3254 Professional Writing in the Discipline
  • POS 3263 Policy, Ethics and Public Leadership
  • PUP 3002 Current Controversies in Public Policy
  • Select one (S/U only) 
    • POS 4940 Political Internship
    • IDS 4940 Internship
    • IDH 4940 Internship


 (Choose 2 policy electives or 1 policy elective and 1 leadership elective from the list below):


  • CPO 4793 Environmental Politics in the Global South
  • ECO 2310 Economics of Sustainability
  • ECP 3302 Environmental Economics and Resource Policy
  • IDS 2338 Democratic Engagement and Public Leadership (Online)
  • INR 4202 Comparative Foreign Policy
  • INR 4303 The Making of American Foreign Policy
  • JOU 4930 Viral Rhetoric
  • PAD 3003 Intro to Public Administration
  • POS 4074 Latino Politics and Policy
  • POS 4077 African American Politics and Policy
  • POS 4424 Legislative Politics
  • POS 4931 Environmental and Sustainability Leadership
  • POS 4931 Special Topics: Food Politics
  • POS 4931 Special Topics: Religion and Public Policy
  • PUP 3204 Politics and Ecology
  • PUP 3323 Women in Politics
  • PUP 4224 Florida Environmental Politics
  • PUP 4404 Politics of Education
  • SYO 3534 Poverty
  • WST 3663 Gender and Food Politics


  • AEC 3414 Leadership Development
  • AEC 4417 Leadership for Personal and Organizational Change
  • AEC 4465 Global Leadership



Contact Dr. Tim Karis, tkaris@ufl.edu, or Dr. Matt Jacobs, mjacobs@ufl.edu for more information.