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Political and Civic Engagement

Certificate in Political and Civic Engagement

Students must complete at least 22 credit hours in the program. Requirements include the introductory course, the career course, the Issue Forum, a mentored internship experience, four electives, and the capstone seminar. See the PACE website at

A minimum grade of C– is required for courses to count in the certificate. A minimum of 9 credit hours must be taken in residence on the Bloomington campus.

  1. PACE-C 250 Leadership and Public Policy (3 cr.) Recommended first course, required for application to add the certificate.
  2. PACE-C 295 Citizenship and Careers (2 cr.) Departmental consent after meeting with the PACE advisor, (812) 856-1747.
  3. PACE-C 200 Issue Forum OR PACE-C 440 Leading a Forum Discussion (1 cr., may be repeated.) Both are offered in the spring semester.
  4. Electives (12 cr. from various departments) May be taken before adding the certificate. At least 6 credit hours must be at the 300–400 level. No more than 6 credit hours may be taken from one department (for instance, “POLS” or “MSCH” or “SPEA”). However, only 3 credit hours may count for BOTH the certificate AND another degree objective. (For example, a Political Science student may count one 3 credit course toward the major and the certificate.) See the current list on the website and contact the program for approved offerings. Contact the academic advisor with questions about possible substitutions.
  5. PACE-X 473 Internship (1–6 cr.) introduced in C295. Consult with the PACE advisor to prepare.
  6. PACE-C 450 Capstone Seminar (3 cr.) Requires departmental consent after all other requirements for the certificate are completed. Consult the PACE advisor with questions, (812) 856-1747.
  7. At least 9 credit hours of coursework must be completed at the 300–400 level.

In fulfilling the above requirements, students must meet all other College requirements for certificates.