Graduate Certificate in Contexts of Environmental Policy

National Park Service Roger Kennedy Fellows Program

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.

Program Overview

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. 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.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits, including one 3-credit required course and 9 credits in elective courses.

PPPA 6006Policy Analysis
or PPPA 6066 U.S. Environmental Policy
9 credits in elective courses selected from the following:
AMST 6530Field Methods in Architectural Documentation
ANTH 6101Proseminar in Biological Anthropology
ANTH 6807Public Archaeology
ENGL 6510Writing, Race, and Nation
ENGL 6520Ethnicity and Identity
ENRP 6101Environmental Sciences I: Physical Sciences
ENRP 6140
GEOG 6219Seminar: Climatology
GEOG 6230Seminar: Environmental Issues in Development
HIST 6011Reading and Research in History and Public Policy
HIST 6302Colonial North America
HIST 6304American Indian History to 1890
HIST 6420Religion and American Culture
HIST 6480Theory and Practice of Public History
HIST 6495Historic Preservation: Principles and Methods
MSTD 6101Museum Management
MSTD 6103Leading Change
MSTD 6203Preventive Conservation Concepts
PHIL 6281Environmental Philosophy and Policy
PPPA 6010Politics and The Policy Process
PPPA 6031Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations
PPPA 6043Land Use Planning and Community Development
PPPA 6067Environment, Energy, Technology, and Society
PSC 6103Approaches to Public Policy Analysis
SMPA 6201Strategic Communications Skills
SOC 6250Urban Sociology
STAT 6104Statistics 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.