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The Policy Sciences center is an interdisciplinary unit of the College of Social Sciences devoted to research and public service relating to policy questions confronting citizens and governments in Florida. A small interdisciplinary faculty with established scholarly reputations in the study of public policy constitutes the core of the policy sciences program. The faculty regularly teach graduate and undergraduate policy-related courses in the departments of Economics and Political Science and the School of Public Administration and Policy. In addition to teaching responsibilities, the faculty is encouraged to continue advanced scholarly research in government, economics, and public affairs.
The center produces publications designed to inform knowledgeable citizens about local, state, and national policy issues. The center regularly surveys the attitudes and opinions of Florida citizens regarding policy issues through its Survey Research Laboratory. The center also sponsors annual conferences that bring national leaders and scholars to the University to discuss policy questions.
The center offers a certificate in political economy to all students in the University, irrespective of their major, who complete five recommended courses, including a seminar in political economy and an internship in political economy taught by center faculty.