Get engaged at the Baker Center!
Students from freshman through graduate school can be involved with the Baker Center. From our freshman Baker Center Living and Learning Community to Baker Ambassadors (sophomore and up) to Baker Scholars (juniors-seniors), who research a topic of their choosing with a faculty mentor. We also offer Diplomacy Lab in collaboration with the US State Department and the Howard Baker Public Policy Challenge, through faculty courses and clubs. In Fall 2016, we will offer a Minor in Public Policy Analytics - so stay tuned and join us!
BC Course Offerings & Minor
Click on "Learn more" to see the Baker Center’s course offerings in the Undergraduate Catalog. A Minor in Public Policy Analytics will start in Fall 2016 for students meeting certain requirements and graduating on or after Spring 2018. Read more about the Minor below.
The Baker Scholar program has consistently attracted the University of Tennessee’s most academically gifted, politically curious students
Students selected to serve as Baker Ambassadors help create, plan, and manage special events in connection with the Baker Center.
Baker Center Living Learning Community
The Baker Center Living Learning Community (BCLLC) is designed for incoming freshmen who want to improve their understanding of our system of governance and public policy making within an established student support network.Read more
Minor in Public Policy Analytics
Public policy research and the growing importance of dealing with large amounts of data in all fields requires advanced analytical tools and applied data-driven experiences. This Public Policy Analytics Minor will benefit students majoring in many fields and in preparation for graduate school. Learn more about the PPA Minor and see if it is what you need to further your future career.PPA Minor General Information
The Diplomacy Lab enables the State Department to “course-source” research and innovation related to foreign policy by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty at universities across the country.Read more
Howard Baker Public Policy Challenge
This Howard Baker Public Policy Challenge is a student team competition that takes real community problems and engages students, from across disciplines, to work together and with the community to solve these issues by creating federal, state or local policy or or a policy-related initiative.Read more
Master Public Policy and Administration
The Baker Center also supports graduate education in the Masters of Public Policy and Administration, offered by the Department of Political Science.Read more
Partner Student Clubs
The Roosevelt Institute at UTK offers a vehicle for university students to study, write, publish, and implement sound public policy ideas.Read more
A forum for the top echelon of the state's campus leaders to exchange ideas, express their opinions and learn how government works.Read more
Collegiate mock trial is an extracurricular activity in which schools
from across the nation compete against one another in simulated court proceedings.
The Forum on Science Ethics and Policy is a club for both undergraduates and graduates interested in science and technology. It is intended to be a club for both scientists and non-scientists hoping to bridge the communication gap between science and policy.Read More