Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Politics

The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and The University of Akron Department of Political Science offer a Certificate in Applied Politics (CAP) to undergraduate students focusing on practical politics and experiential learning. It is designed for students interested in election campaigns, digital strategy and messaging, fundraising, managing organizations, and other political activities. All applied politics classes are delivered synchronously or asynchronously online making residency in Northeast Ohio optional.

Potential careers for applied politics graduates include:

  • Campaign Management & Communications
  • Candidate for Office/Elected Office Holder
  • Community Organizing
  • Digital Strategy
  • Fundraising
  • Government Relations & Lobbying
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Party/Group Leadership
  • Policy Analysis
  • Political Consulting

Certificate Information:

  • 18 credits
  • Open to ANY major
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • Online classes available
  • No residency requirement
  • Real-world experience with internships
  • Design course work around career interests
  • Use My Degree Progress Report (My DPR) to review your academic progress to graduation
  • Contact: Dr. David Cohen, Director of Applied Politics, dbcohen@uakron.edu

Certificate Requirements

  • Required Core: 9 credits minimum
    • 3700:470: Fundamentals of Political Strategy (3 credits)
    • 3700:471: Fundamentals of Electoral Messaging (3 credits)
    • 3700:472: Campaign Finance (3 credits)
    • 3700:473: Voter Contact and Elections (3 credits)
    • 3700:478: Fundamentals of the Digital Campaign (3 credits)
    • Required Internship: 3 credits minimum
      • 3700:395: Internship in Government & Politics (3 credits)
      • Electives: 6 credits maximum
        • 3700:375: Women in Politics (3 credits)
        • 3700:395: Internship in Government & Politics (2 - 6 credits)
        • 3700:402: Politics and the Media (3 credits)
        • 3700:427: Campaign Battleground (3 credits)
        • 3700:428: Ohio Politics (3 credits)
        • 3700:440: Survey Research methods (3 credits)
        • 3700:441: The Policy Process (3 credits)
        • 3700:442: Methods of Policy Analysis (3 credits)
        • 3700:463: Human Rights in World Politics (3 credits)
        • 3700:474: Political Opinion, Behavior & Electoral Politics (3 credits)
        • 3700:475: American Interest Groups (3 credits)
        • 3700:476: American Political Parties (3 credits)
        • 3700:477: Lobbying (3 credits)

      Descriptions for Political Science undergraduate classes.

      Admission Requirements