• Graduate Certificate in Disaster/Emergency Management

      The graduate certificate for Disaster/Emergency Management is an online and face to face collaborative, cross discipline certificate between the Department of Political Science and Department of Criminology. The certificate is designed for students whose goal is to work with local disaster management organizations to state and federal organizations such as GEMA, FEMA, and Homeland Security. Through the Disaster/Emergency Management Certificate, students will receive training in how to effectively create, recommend, and implement disaster/emergency management strategies.

      Learning Outcomes
      1. Recognize the theoretical foundations of disaster/emergency management. 
      2. Assess and evaluate disaster/emergency management policies.
      3. Recommend and create disaster/emergency management strategies.

      Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Disaster/Emergency Management will be contingent on the applicant being a graduate student in good academic standing with the University of West Georgia OR by meeting the admissions criteria for the Masters of Public Administration.

      Program of Study

      The certificate requires four courses consisting of twelve hours, plus a three hour internship with an organization that is related to diaster/emergency management.

      Core Course: 3 Credit Hours

      • POLS 5985: Disaster/Emergency Management

      One course in program evaluation: 3 Credit Hours

      • POLS 6204: Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation
      • CRIM 6275: Planning Evaluation

      Two Courses in the following electives: 6 Credit Hours

      • CRIM 6345: Homeland Security
      • CRIM 6350: Terrorism
      • POLS 5985: Gun Policy and Public Administration
      • POLS 5210: Public Management
      • POLS 5211: State and Local Administration

      An internship with an organization that is related to disaster/emergency management: 3 Credit Hours

    • Graduate Certificate in Public Management

      The Public Administration program at the University of West Georgia offers a course of study leading to a Graduate Certificate in Public Management (GCPM). The GCPM is designed to meet the needs of practicing public administrators who already have a bachelor's degree and who desire to:

      • broaden their understanding of the concepts and techniques of public management; or
      • pursue the certificate with the goal of career advancement but do not find it necessary or feasible to complete the MPA degree; or
      • continue their education with the goal of earning a graduate degree in public administration.
      Learning Objectives

      Certificate students will demonstrate an understanding of:

      • Public service values including ethics, democracy, and constitutional principles.
      • Generalists management techniques and skills
      • The linkage between theory and practice.

      The GCPM is open to all professionals who have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.5 or above. Any bachelor's degree meets the requirement for admission. Prospective students must complete a Graduate School application form and submit it along with an official college transcript prior to being accepted into the GCPM. Students seeking admission to the GCPM register as non-degree seeking. Courses taken by GCPM students are the same as those taken by MPA students. Students must complete their program of study within four years from the date of admission and have no less than a 3.0 GPA.

      All courses for the GCPM are offered regularly and can be taken in any order. Courses are offered in Carrollton and Newnan at nights and on the weekends. Students deciding to apply for admission to the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) Program after completing the GCPM must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and meet all other MPA admission requirements. Students who have completed the GCPM may apply up to 9 credit hours towards the MPA degree within six years of completion and award of the certificate.

      Certificate Requirements

      Students may earn the GCPM after completing twelve credit hours as specified below:

      Core Courses: 3-6 Credit Hours

      • POLS 5210: Modern Public Management
      • POLS 6203: Theories of Public Organization

      Skills: 3-6 Credit Hours

      • POLS 6206: Public Personnel Administration
      • POLS 6202: Public Budgeting
      • POLS 6204: Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

      Specialization: 0-3 Credit Hours

      • POLS 5202: Interorganizational Behavior
      • POLS 5204: Public Finance
      • POLS 5207: Technology Policy
      • POLS 5208: Health Policy
      • POLS 5209: Environmental Policy
      • POLS 5211: State and Local Politics and Administration
      • POLS 5212: State and Local Government Finance
      • POLS 6205: Administrative Law and Procedures
      • POLS 6208: Scope of Public Policy
      • POLS 6209: Management of Nonprofit Organizations
      • PLAN 5701: Technology and Sustainable Economic Development
      • POLS 5704: Planning Theory and Practice
      • CISM 6331: Strategic Management of Information Technology
      • ACCT 6264: Nonprofit Accounting and Auditing
      • MGNT 5630: Dispute Resolution in Contemporary Organizations

      Problem Solving/Capstone Experience: 3 Credit Hours

      • POLS 6290: Practicum/Assessment Center
      Practicum and Assessment Center

      Inherent in the GCPM is both an underlying theme and a concerted effort to prepare students to apply the theoretical knowledge gathered in the certificate to "real world" issues and problems faced in public sector management. The achievement of this goal is finalized through successful completion of the Practicum (application) and Assessment Center (evaluation.

      The Practicum and Assessment Center process ensures that the students gains practical knowledge and skills in program and policy administration by applying the latest and most effective theory and practice to their operations.

    • Undergraduate Certificate in Data Analytics

      The Undergraduate Data Analytics Certificate (DAC) is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary program. The certificate is designed for students who aspire to work in academic, governmental, non-profit, and commercial sectors as data scientists.

      The demand for data scientists has grown significantly as both private and public organizations generate and collect increasingly larger amounts of data; but the need to collect, analyze, and interpret such data requires a broad set of analytical skills.

      Through the DAC, students will receive training in data management, quantitative analysis, and visualization techniques that will allow them to properly collect, contextualize, and communicate findings based on quantitative data.

      Program of Study

      The certificate requires 12 credit hours (4 courses). No more than three courses per discipline will count towards the certificate. Course substitutions or exceptions can be made with the approval of the certificate faculty adviser within each respective college.

      Courses in the program will usually be offered as part of existing majors. Also, departments may occasionally offer the courses online (fully or hybrid), and in the summer (but not in the Maymester).

      Learning Outcomes
      1. Demonstrate proficiency in data collection, management, analysis, and visualization
      2. Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative analysis techniques for effective data-driven decision-making.
      3. Demonstrate proficiency in various data management and analysis software programs such as: R, SAS, SPSS, and STATA
      1. Applicants to the DAC must meet the requirements for their major.
      2. Students may pursue this certificate in conjunction with their major program.
      3. Students can apply to enroll in the DAC program in the Department of Political Science or the Department of Economics.
      4. to fulfill the certificate requirements students must successfully complete 12 credit hours from the courses listed below, and make a public presentation of a data driven research project. Presentations can take place at UWG (Research and Big Night), at student or professional conferences (NCUR), etc. It is highly recommended that students complete courses from areas 1 and 2 first, and then select courses from areas 3 and 4 below.
      Course Requirements

      One core course in Statistics: 3 Credit Hours

      • ECON 3402: Business Statistics I
      • POLS 3601: Political Science Methods II
      • MATH 2063: Introductory Statistics
      • MATH 3063: Applied Statistics
      • CRIM/SOCI 4003: Statistics in the Social Sciences

      One Course in Research Methods: 3 Credit Hours

      • ECON 3406: Business Statistics II
      • ECON 3460: Forecasting
      • GEOG 2083: Introduction to Geographical Analysis
      • MATH 4153: Applied Mathematical Modeling
      • MATH 4803: Analysis of Variance
      • MATH 4813: Regression Analysis
      • MKTG 3808: Business Research
      • POLS 2601: Political Science Methods I
      • CRIM/SOCI 4000: Research Methodology
      • PSYC 4220: Research Explorations
      • PSYC 4150: Tests and Measurements

      One course in Data Management, Analysis, and/or Visualization: 3 Credit Hours

      • CISM 3340: Data Resource Management and Design
      • CRIM/SOCI 4015: Analyzing and Visualizing Data
      • ECON 4475: Introduction to Econometrics and Analytics
      • GEOG 2553: Introduction to GIS and Mapping Science
      • MKTG 4868: Marketing Metrics

      One elective in an area of interest or expertise, including an approved internship: 3 Credit Hours

    • Undergraduate Certificate in Human Rights Advocacy

      This certificate program is intended to provide academic and practical training for students who intend to work in a range of organizations focused on the issues of human rights. This includes domestic and international organizations. The program integrates classroom learning with practical field experience through a series of courses across three different disciplines. The program seeks to help fill a need for students seeking work in this field. Human rights advocacy is a rapidly growing area of work among non-governmental, governmental, and intergovernmental organizations around the world.

      Course Requirements

      Human Rights Advocacy Core (students must take both courses): 6 Credit Hours

      • POLS 4215: Management of Non-Profit Organizations
      • POLS 4217: Human Rights

      Elective Courses (students must take two courses from the following list): 6 Credit Hours

      • ANTH 3188: Ethnographic Field Methods
      • POLS 3301: The Judicial Process
      • POLS 4501: International Law
      • POLS 4503: International Organizations
      • SOCI 3134: Introduction to Social Work & Social Welfare
      • SOCI 3743: Collective Behavior and Social Movements
      • SOCI 4734: Social Work Skills

      NOTE: Any special topics course in the College of Social Sciences (course number varies by department) may be substituted for an elective course with the approval of the Human Rights Advocacy coordinator.

      Practicum: 3 Credit Hours

      • Students must take a practicum course. This shall consist of an approved internship or experimental learning course in any department of the College of Social Sciences (course numbers and names vary by department). The practicum must include at least three hours of credit. All practicum credit must be approved by the Human Rights Advocacy coordinator.
      Variable Credit Hours

      It is recognized that special topic courses and practicum courses may be offered for more than the traditional three credit hours. Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in certificate courses to qualify for the certificate. Depending on the specific course taken, the actual credit hours applied may exceed 15 credit hours.