Undergraduate Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate in Civic Leadership
Program Description

The Undergraduate Certificate in Civic Leadership prepares students for the evolving nature of civic leadership through coursework and practice that emphasizes relationship building, change management, global dynamics, intercultural understanding, and collaboration.

The goal of this certificate program is to foster civic leadership and engagement in the FIU student body by encouraging a consideration of leadership from multiple perspectives and contexts. Through involvement with the campus and greater community, students will become engaged in their own professional leadership education and development.


The Certificate Program requires the completion of 18 credit hours of coursework (“C” or better required) and must complete an advising meeting prior to enrollment to outline their professional development, training, and community engagement goals.

Students will meet with a Certificate Advisor at least once a semester to report their progress and prepare a portfolio artifact (e.g. policy memo, website, infographic) to be submitted in their final semester.

Students will be expected to attend at least six (6) approved FIU Student Conferences, educational training and/ or seminars, and document completion of one community engagement project prior to completion.

For more information, please contact
Amanda Knapp
Certificate Advisor


  1. Required Core Course - 9 credits
    1. Choose 1 course from each group

Group 1

PAD 3431

Exploring Leadership: Yourself, Your Organization and Your Community

PAD 4432

Administrative Leadership


Group 2

PAD 3034

 Policy Development and Implementation

POS 3424

The Legislative Process


Group 3

INR 3303

Foreign Policymaking

PAD 3800

Managing Global Cities - GL

  1. Electives – 9 credits
    1. Green School of International and Public Affairs
      1. Choose 1 course from each group - *must include at least one course in Public Policy and Administration and one course from another Green School area.

Public Policy and Administration*

PAD 3003

Introduction to Public Policy and Service

PAD 3034

Policy Development and Implementation   

PAD 3438

Communication Skills for Policy and Management

PAD 3804

Government and Administration of Metropolitan Areas

PAD 4046

 Values, Ethics and Conflict Resolution 

PAD 4141

Citizen Participation and Community

PAD 4414

Personnel Skills for Administrators

PAD 4432

Administrative Leadership and Behavior

PAD 4095

Independent Study in Public Administration 3 

PAD 4940

Internship (Must be approved prior to enrolling)

URS 3005

Service Learning: Social Change and Contemporary Issues

Global and Sociocultural Studies

ANT 3213

World Ethnographies – GL

GEO 3001

Geographies of Global Change - GL   

SSE 4380

Developing a Global Perspective - GL

SYP 3456

Societies in the World

Criminal Justice
CCJ 4054Ethics in Criminal Justice
CJE 3001Professional Development
Politics and International Relations
POS 3413The Presidency
POS 3424The Legislative Process
INR 3081Contemporary International Problems
INR 3303Foreign Policymaking 


  1. Other electives - 3 credits

College of Arts, Science, and Education

WST 4931

Women in Leadership

IDS 4949

Liberal Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies – Internship

INP 4313

Organizational Psychology

College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts

SPC 4445

Communications for Effective Leadership

SPC 3425

Small Group Communication

SPC 3540


Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

SOW 4932

Current Topics in Social Work: Service Learning – Social Change & Social Issues

College of Business

MAN 4711

Business-Community Leadership

Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

HFT 4545

Managing High-Functioning Teams

HFT 4294

Leadership in the Hospitality Industry

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

HAS 3180

Leadership and Management for Health Profession

HAS 4110

Healthcare Organizational Behavior and Resource Management

*GL– Denotes a Global Learning course