Certificate Requirements: 6 courses, 18 credits

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Professional Politics is an 18-credit program designed for students who already have a post-graduate degree, and either wish to prepare for a career in professional politics, or want to supplement their current career with specialized knowledge of professional politics. The program is ideal for lawyers, accountants, public relations professionals, and others who wish to improve their skills in politics, government relations, and issues management.


Core Requirements (4 courses, 12 credits)

  • GVT-747 Seminar in Legislation & Lobbying

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Core course for the Professional Politics Concentration. Students will read and discuss current research on legislative politics and organization, including committees, interest groups and lobbying, legislative voting and decision making, and other topics. Students will conduct their own research and present it to the seminar. Prerequisites: Open to graduate students only; at least one previous course in legislatures or interest groups, or consent of the instructor.

  • GVT-755 Seminar Campaigns & Elections

    Prerequisites:

    At least one course in elections, voting behavior, or political parties.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Core course for the Professional Politics Concentration. Students will read and discuss current research on campaigns and elections, voting behavior, and political parties, and will conduct their own research and present it to the seminar.

  • GVT-765 Global Public Policy

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, students are exposed to the policy dilemmas at various levels of government, from the local, to the state, to the international arena. The class examines concepts such as systems regulation, institutions, legitimacy and governance. The class will take a selection of themes (i.e. inequity, energy, climate) and investigate them from the perspective of policy challenges and solutions at each level of government.

  • GVT-777 Writing for the Policy Professional

    Prerequisites:

    Open to graduate students only;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the major written formats of the policy-making process including background memos, literature reviews, white-papers, policy analyses, one-pagers, talking points memos, op-eds, and legislative histories. This writing-intensive course focuses on public policy writing techniques and methods, and helps students to develop writing skills applicable to the private, nonprofit, and government sectors.

Electives (2 courses, 6 credits) 

Electives can include any graduate course offered by the Government Department. Other Suffolk University graduate courses may be taken as electives with the approval of the program director.