Public Leadership

The minor in public leadership combines interdisciplinary teaching and experience to prepare students for careers in public service. This is the curricular element of the James A. Garfield Center of Public Leadership (GCPL), the mission of which is to prepare students for leadership in matters of public policy, both foreign and domestic.

Undergraduate Minor

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About the Program

Program Summary

The public leadership minor develops vision, knowledge, and practical skills to foster a new generation of policymakers. Through coursework and participation in opportunities on and off-campus, students develop self-understanding and the insight and abilities from multiple disciplines for successful careers in public service, nonprofit organizations, and international institutions.

To qualify for this minor, students must be involved with the Garfield Center for Public Leadership and complete an internship or study-abroad trip that can complement their studies.

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Career Paths

  • Law enforcement  
  • Elected officials 
  • Public Administration  
Dontavius Jarrells ’10

DONTAVIUS JARRELLS ’10 | Political Science Major

“Hiram’s real-world experiences helped shape my political identity.”

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The Garfield Center for Public Leadership prepares students to assume the responsibilities of public leadership by developing expertise in matters of public policy, foreign and domestic, grounded in Hiram’s traditional liberal arts education.


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