Public Affairs Institute (PAF)
Alma's Public Affairs Institute offers interdisciplinary experiences for students who, regardless of particular majors, have common academic and vocational interests in public affairs. The program includes workshops, visiting speakers, scholars-in-residence, professional consulting and advising.
To earn certification in the Public Affairs Program, students must earn a minimum of 18 credits drawn from the following classes: Public Affairs 150, 350, 385, 480 and 499; and Political Science 141. No more than four credits from those listed above may count toward a student's major or minor. Moreover, participants are encouraged to satisfy distributive requirements by completing coursework in History 105 or 121 for Area SO-1; Philosophy 126, 227, 228, 229, or Religious Studies 126 for Area AH-3; Economics 201 and 202, Political Science 101, or Sociology and Anthropology 101 for Area SO-2; and Environmental Studies 105 or Psychology 121 for Area NS-1. Elective coursework will be recommended by the program advisor to enhance skills and broaden perspectives.
Candidates who complete Alma's degree requirements and all Institute components will graduate with a bachelor's degree in the major subject and will have the following noted on their permanent record: Completed the Public Affairs Program. Candidates who satisfy the requirements prescribed above and who achieve a 3.0 overall CPA together with a 3.25 CPA in the Institute Program will have the designation Public Affairs Fellow inscribed on their permanent record. Admission to the Institute requires formal application and acceptance.