In a state known for its retail politics, students often use their proximity to national candidates to learn about one of the most important means of accountability in a democracy-campaigning for office. However, campaigns in today’s political world are increasingly professionalized and require specific skills and knowledge. This interdisciplinary minor is designed to give students both the theoretical and practical skills to participate in political management. This interdisciplinary minor allows students to blend knowledge of the psychology of voters, the structure and methods of campaigns, and an understanding of the media and candidate presentation, to prepare them for work in the campaigning field. The interdisciplinary minor includes both academic and experiential requirements. The goal of the interdisciplinary minor is to prepare students for a career in political campaigning or to be prepared academically for graduate programs in political management.
Minor requirements include:
Students must complete five of the courses listed below, two of which must be PO 255 (Campaigns and Elections), and the campaign internship course PO 494. The director may approve an alternative to the internship course, but only in limited cases.
Students are eligible to select participation in the Certificate in Campaigning at any time before the fall of their senior year.
Courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course. Students must also achieve at least a cumulative 2.33 grade point average in the interdisciplinary minor courses.
In the Spring of their senior year, students must hand in a portfolio of work including a reflection on the campaign internship and relevant accompanying materials to be decided by the director.
Students are required to take the two following courses: