Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Public Policy Certificate graduates represent broad academic interests

Students at the Kohl Center for 2021 winter commencement Students at the Kohl Center for 2021 winter commencement

Ten students who received undergraduate degrees from UW–Madison in December 2021 also earned a Certificate in Public Policy from the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Their coursework reflects a broad range of student interests. Graduating students’ majors included conservation biology; economics; education; Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies; political science, and more.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy program teaches students to apply a policy perspective to their major and strengthens their skills for success in the workforce or in their graduate school coursework. Students build a strong foundation for careers in government, nonprofit organizations, or the private sector.

The undergraduate certificates are a cornerstone of the La Follette School’s Kohl Initiative, created in May 2019 with a $10 million gift from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl. Over 100 students have received undergraduate certificates in public policy.

The new Undergraduate Certificate in Health Policy program, also offered by the La Follette School, recently admitted 53 students to its first cohort.