Political History and Leadership, Certificate

About the program



The certificate program in political history and leadership provides students with a strong foundation in the history of politics and political thought, with a special emphasis on the role of leadership and citizenship. Students come to understand the complexities of real decision-making beyond the abstractions. The program prepares students for leadership in their careers.

Required courses combine academic study and mentoring contact with political, media and business leaders from the wider Phoenix area and Arizona communities, while electives drawn from a variety of disciplines are used to broaden the scope of emphasis.

The program offers scholarship and internship or job placement opportunities.



Current Certificate Information

The certificate requires 15 credit hours, of which at least 12 must be upper division. At least six upper-division hours must be completed in courses offered by The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All courses must be completed in residence at ASU and with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher.

Required Courses -- 6 credit hours

HST 112 POS 112: Foundations of Democracy (HU & H) (3)

HST 414 POS 414: Political History and Leadership (3)

Elective Courses (choose three) -- 9 credit hours


Q: Who is the certificate open to?

A: The certificate is open to any undergraduate student enrolled at Arizona State University in any degree or graduate non-degree program. 

Q: Is the certificate available to online students?

A: The political history and leadership certificate is not currently designed as an online certificate program.  

Q: What if I still have questions? Who can I get in touch with?

A: SHPRSadvising@asu.edu


How to add this certificate

To add the Political History & Leadership certificate to your program of study, visit this link and click on the Add Certificate button to the right. 

Progress and completion

To request courses not on the electives list to count toward completion of the Political History & Leadership certificate contact shprsadvising@asu.edu.