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Supplementary Courses

To round out the Fellows experience, two additional UMD courses are required of students participating in the program. These courses supplement the fall seminar and spring internship by providing greater depth and context to the academic experience. At least one such course must be completed prior to the spring internship semester. Courses completed prior to beginning the program may be used to satisfy this requirement! Courses must be taken at the university (no high school AP/IB course credit), must be at least 3 credits, and must be taken for a grade.

Pre-approved Supplementary Courses List

We have a list of over 400 pre-approved supplementary courses from across the university. Students may choose from our list or suggest additional courses for approval by emailing a course description and brief explanation of relevance to

View the full list of Pre-Approved Supplementary Courses

Sample Courses:

  • AASP101 – Public Policy and the Black Community
  • AASP301 – Applied Policy Analysis and the Black Community
  • AASP499 – Advanced Topics in Public Policy and the Black Community
  • AAST421 – Asian American Public Policy
  • CCJS230 – Criminal Law in Action
  • CCJS345 – Courts and Sentencing
  • COMM107 – Oral Communication: Principles and Practices
  • COMM200 – Critical Thinking and Speaking
  • COMM201 – Introduction to Public Relations
  • COMM230 – Argumentation and Debate
  • COMM324 – Communication and Gender
  • COMM330 – Argumentation and Public Policy
  • COMM401 – Interpreting Strategic Discourse
  • COMM420 – Theories of Group Discussion
  • CPPL101 – College Park Scholars: Public Leadership (First-Year Colloquium II)
  • ECON401 – Current Issues in American Economic Policy
  • ECON454 – Public Finance and Public Policy
  • EDHI488 – Special Topics in Education Policy and Administration
  • ENSP330 – Introduction to Environmental Law
  • GEOG437 – Political Geography
  • GVPT101 – Introduction to Political Science
  • GVPT170 – American Government
  • GVPT202 – Politics, Constitutional Policy, and the Institution of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • GVPT221 – Introduction to Formal Theories of Political Behavior and Politics
  • GVPT260 – State and Local Government
  • GVPT280 – Comparative Politics
  • GVPT319 – Topics in Social Advocacy
  • GVPT419 – Seminar in Public Policy
  • GVPT428 – Topics in Formal Theories of Political Behavior and Politics
  • GVPT431 – Introduction to Constitutional Law
  • GVPT459 – Seminar in Comparative Politics
  • GVPT473 – The U.S. Congress
  • GVPT474 – Political Parties
  • GVPT475 – The Presidency and the Executive Branch
  • GVPT479 – Seminar in American Politics
  • HIST460 – History of Labor in the United States
  • HIST466 – Immigration and Ethnicity in the U.S
  • IMMR219C – Immigration Policy, Immigrant Lives
  • INAG110 – Oral Communication
  • MLAW150 – Law in a Just Society
  • MLAW217 – Mock Trial
  • MLAW304 – Introduction to Law and Social Inquiry
  • MLAW305 – Law and Legal Institutions in Social Context
  • PHPE355 – Practicum on Civic Engagement
  • PHSC405 – Policy Advocacy and Public Health
  • PLCY100 – Foundations of Public Policy
  • PLCY101 – Great Thinkers on Public Policy
  • PLCY201 – Public Leaders and Active Citizens
  • PLCY203 – Liberty and Justice for All: Ethics and Moral Issues in Public Policy
  • PLCY213 – Foundations of Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation
  • PLCY288L – Law and Public Policy: Organizing and Advocating for Justice
  • PLCY300 – Governance: Collective Action in the Public Interest
  • PLCY302 – Examining Pluralism in Public Policy
  • PLCY306 – Public Policy Analysis in Action
  • PLCY310 – Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation in Action
  • PLCY311 – Women in Leadership
  • PLCY313 – Advocacy in the American Political System
  • PLCY388N – Advancing Justice Through Leadership and Public Service
  • PLCY401 – Contemporary Issues in Public Policy
  • PSYC232 – Psychology of Racism
  • PSYC354 – Multicultural Psychology in the U.S.