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Students from all UC campuses may enroll in the Policy Program. Our mission at UCCS is to provide an exceptional experiential learning opportunity for UC degree seeking students, and as a result we will not be able to review or accept applications from non-UC degree seeking students. Our academic program is offered every quarter and in the summer. Internship placements are tailored to students' background, experience, and career goals. 

By enrolling in the UC Center Sacramento, you have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of California's public policy challenges and processes. The program includes coursework (up to 16 quarter units) as well as professional experience while living, interning, and attending classes in Sacramento. Program Outline:

 

1. COURSEWORK & INTERNSHIP

 

Quarter Students

(A) Political Science 192: Political Science Internship (10 units) (Required) This course combines research with professional experience. Work as an intern for about 24 hours per week by supporting the policy making process in a legislator's office, an executive branch agency, or another setting in the Sacramento policy community. Student must complete a public policy research paper as part of this course. This course it taken P/NP.

Visit our internships page for ideas.

    (B) Political Science 195: The California Policy Seminar (4 units) (Required) This course teaches students about the state's political processes, institutions, and policy challenges. The seminar is taught by members of the UC Davis faculty and features guest lectures given by a variety participants in and observers of California politics and government. This course must be taken for a letter grade.

    (C) Political Science 193 (2 units) (optional): Supervised preparation of an extensive paper relating internship experience to concepts, literature, and theory of political science. This course must be taken for a letter grade.

    (D) Additional Courses. Students are permitted to enroll in additional courses offered at UC Davis, so long as they meet course requirements. This option is not encouraged, as students are typically very busy between their internships and courses at the center alone. 

    Semester Students:

    Through our semester program, students take the same core courses required of the quarter students (see above). In order for semester students to achieve a semester's worth of units, we offer the following add-on courses:

    (A) Political Science 196A (4 units): This is an independent study course in political science. Students work with an instructor on a political science research paper. Can be taken for a grade or P/NP.

    (B) Political Science 193 (2 units): Supervised preparation of an extensive paper relating internship experience to concepts, literature, and theory of political science.

    (C) Additional Courses. Students are permitted to enroll in additional courses offered at UC Davis, so long as they meet course requirements. This option is not encouraged, as students are typically very busy between their internships and courses at the center alone.

    Semester students typically earn 20 quarter units, which translates to just over 13 semester units. The semester program begins in late August so students can get a jump start on their research proposals and internship hours. Once the quarter officially begins, the semester students attend class with the quarter students.

    The semester program is offered in the fall and spring only. The summer program serves both semester and quarter students.

    Topic-Specific Courses:

    (A) Political Science 108: The Policy & Politics of Healthcare (4 units): This course analyzes the impact and implementation of Health Policy in California. The course examines the way health policy can influence health, the tools available to health policy analysts, and the ways in which health services researchers have examined health care access, quality and costs. This course is only available during Fall Quarters/Semesters and is taken instead of Political Science 195This course must be taken for a letter grade.

    (B) Political Science 107: Environmental Policy (4 units): This course surveys current environmental issues including climate, agriculture, energy, water, and conservation, the institutions and policies that are used to manage them, and approaches to studying their management. Participants will apply policy analysis tools to case studies related to their internship organization. This course is only available during Spring Quarters and is taken instead of Political Science 195. This course must be taken for a letter grade.

    2. Program Dates & Deadlines

    (B) APPLY TO UCCS: Visit this page for Program Dates & Application Deadlines.

    (B) A WEEK IN THE LIFE: Visit this page for a breakdown of what life is like as a student in the UC Center's Policy Program.

    (B) ALUMNI PROFILE PAGE: Visit this page tor read alumni profile's in their own words.

    3. HOUSING INFORMATION

    The general options are:

    (A) Live with other students from the program.

    (B) Self-provided housing.

    For detailed housing info, go here.

    4. PROGRAM COSTS

    (A) 2016-2017 Cost Estimates

    (B) Financial Aid: Financial aid is available to students who qualify for aid at their home institutions. Your aid amount will depend on a number of factors; contact your campus representative with questions.

    (C) The estimated program costs are based on California residency. Non-Californians will need to add nonresident supplemental tuition.

    5. apply

    (A) Check requirements

          • Junior or senior standing or advanced sophomore with a B or better in upper division courses
          • 3.0 GPA or above strongly preferred

    (B) Go to our application section for details and deadlines.

     


       

       

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