Schools, Departments & Programs

Political and Civic Engagement


The certificate may be added to a degree by following the application procedure at Students should discuss the course sequencing with program staff early in their studies at IU.

To be considered for the program, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.700 or above;
  2. Two PACE courses or electives (at least 4 credits) must have been taken or be in progress at the time of application, one of which must be the program's introductory course, PACE-C 250.
  3. A meeting with the PACE Advisor to discuss the curriculum.
  4. A brief application essay (no more than 500 words) explaining the student’s interest in the program, including reflections on past political and civic engagement experiences and aspirations for future ones. This will be submitted with an online application;
  5. The name and email address of an instructor who has supervised some academic work of the student and who agrees to be a reference for the application. When the online application is received, a PACE representative will contact the instructor to request a recommendation.

Because of the sequential nature of the Certificate requirements, students are encouraged to apply to add the certificate as soon as possible. This allows them to complete the beginning courses and electives before the internship, and all of these before the capstone course. Exceptions to this sequence will be considered based on examination of individual circumstances.