Graduate Certificate in Contexts of Environmental Policy
Graduate certificate in contexts of environmental policy for National Park Service (NPS) employees who have served for three or more years
The NPS Graduate Certificate in Contexts of Environmental Policy program is designed to help prepare current and future leaders who are responsible for the preservation and protection of public lands and cultural heritage. Inspired by a gift from Roger and Frances Kennedy and made possible by the Friends of Roger Kennedy, this program funds NPS students to undertake a course of study that strengthens their knowledge of the natural and cultural resources that lie at the heart of the NPS mission. Offering a wide range of courses that contextualize environmental policy, the program allows both flexibility and purpose to NPS students.
Students are required to complete 12 credits taken in four 3-credit graduate-level courses. Students may take one or two courses per semester; some courses are also offered in the summer. Program courses are offered by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) on GW's Foggy Bottom campus in downtown Washington, D.C., and all courses are taught by GW faculty members who are experts in their field.
Applicants must meet GW admission requirements and are enrolled as degree students upon admission. Once admitted to the program, students do not need to reapply for subsequent semesters as long as they remain in good academic standing as defined by Columbian College of Arts and Sciences standards.
Students are required to take one policy course as they enter the program and then can choose among a large number of electives that fall under either policy or culture categories. By special permission, students may also enroll in graduate courses in the sciences.
The admissions process for this program comprises a two-tiered review:
- The first level of review is conducted by an NPS review committee to ensure that NPS employees meet all eligibility requirements and are appropriate candidates to be considered for participation. The review committee ranks each nominee based on the information provided in the nominee's application materials. The ranking process consists of an evaluation of the nominee’s education, work experience, personal and professional goals, and writing ability.
- The second level of review is the actual selection of participants by a CCAS admissions committee. This committee conducts its selections based on the admission policies of CCAS and GW.
Specific admission requirements can be found on the Graduate Program Finder.
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits, including one 3-credit required course and 9 credits in elective courses.
|PPPA 6006||Policy Analysis|
|or PPPA 6066||Environmental Policy|
|9 credits in elective courses selected from the following:|
|AMST 6530||Field Methods in Architectural Documentation|
|ANTH 6101||Proseminar in Biological Anthropology|
|ANTH 6807||Public Archaeology|
|ENGL 6510||Writing, Race and Nation|
|ENGL 6520||Ethnicity and Identity|
|ENRP 6101||Environmental Sciences I: Physical Sciences|
|ENRP 6140||Introduction to Environmental Law|
|GEOG 6219||Seminar: Climatology|
|GEOG 6230||Seminar: Environmental Issues in Development|
|HIST 6011||Reading and Research in History and Public Policy|
|HIST 6302||Colonial North America|
|HIST 6304||American Indian History to 1890|
|HIST 6420||Religion & American Culture|
|HIST 6480||Theory and Practice of Public History|
|HIST 6495||Historic Preservation: Principles and Methods|
|MSTD 6101||Museum Management|
|MSTD 6103||Leading Change|
|MSTD 6203||Preventive Conservation Concepts|
|PHIL 6281||Environmental Philosophy and Policy|
|PPPA 6010||Politics & The Policy Process|
|PPPA 6031||Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations|
|PPPA 6043||Land Use Planning and Community Development|
|PPPA 6067||Environment, Energy, Technology, and Society|
|PSC 6103||Approaches to Public Policy Analysis|
|SMPA 6201||Strategic Communications Skills|
|SOC 6250||Urban Sociology|
|STAT 6104||Statistics in Management, Administration, and Policy Studies|
|Students may be permitted to take alternative electives with permission of the advisor.|
Students should consult with Environmental and Resource Policy Director of Graduate Studies to construct an individualized curriculum best suited to their needs and interests.