Public Affairs Institute (PAF)
Professors Lorenz and Vickery; Instructor Borrello.
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, 450 and 499; and Political Science 141 or comparable practica, independent studies or seminars in other disciplines pre-approved by the Director of Public Affairs as alternatives of PAF 385, 450, or 499. Participants are encouraged to satisfy general education requirements by completing coursework in History 105 or 121; Philosophy 126, 225, 227, 228, 229, 235 or Religious Studies 210; Economics 201 and 202, Political Science 101, or Sociology and Anthropology 101; and Environmental Studies 105 or Psychology 121. 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 GPA together with a 3.25 GPA 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.
|PAF 150.||Public Affairs Colloquium|
|Introduction to selected, critical public affairs issues through multidisciplinary and case-study approaches. Presentations by visiting speakers, other resource people and students.|
|PAF 160.||Community Issues and Public Leadership|
|Investigation and implementation of projects related to economic and social development issues in local, regional and global community.|
|PAF *350.||Public Affairs Seminar I|
|2-4 credits||Fee TBA|
|Topical study of public affairs issues examined from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives. Focus on formulation, implementation and effects of selected decisions and programs in public and private sectors. Provides preparation for PAF 450.|
|PAF *360.||Community Issues and Public Leadership II|
|PAF 150, 160 or Permission|
|Advanced investigation and continuing implementation of projects related to economic and social development issues in local, regional and global community.|
|PAF *380.||Topics and Problems in Public Affairs|
|Courses on special topics both substantive and procedural in public affairs and leadership in both the international and domestic realms. Objectives will vary with each offering, but in general will be at the upper level, requiring previous study of the political process, civic life and leadership.|
|PAF 450 and Permission|
|Internship with public or private agencies arranged in consultation with the Public Affairs Institute advisor. Minimum of four credits required for all Public Affairs program participants although no more than eight may count toward the degree.|
|PAF *450.||Public Affairs Seminar II|
|4 credits||Fee TBA|
|Investigation of selected public affairs issues, policies and programs from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives.|
|PAF *499.||Independent Study|
|PAF 385 and Permission|
|Interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary research arranged in consultation with the Public Affairs Institute advisor and supervised by faculty from at least two different departments. All Public Affairs program participants are required to have a minimum of two credits of independent study.|