Student Engagement

Recognizing the critical importance of active citizenship, student programs provided by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy engage young people through academics, policy research, direct service experiences, and community-building opportunities.  Presently we offer something for every year of a student’s undergraduate career and we also support graduate education in the Masters of Public Policy and Administration.

The director of undergraduate academic programs is Dr. Bill Park. He mentors the Baker Scholars and Baker Center Living and Learning Community and manages the required courses. We presently offer the following credit courses in these enrichment programs:

Baker Center Living & Learning Community – Freshman Year

  •   BCPP 101 – Introduction to Public Policy
  •   BCPP 102 – Freshman Seminar

Baker Ambassadors – Sophomore-Junior-Senior Years

Baker Scholars – Junior and Senior Years

  • BCPP 317 – Baker Scholars Seminar
  • BCPP 497 – Baker Scholars Project

Baker Scholar Applications

Planning is underway for more courses as we move to develop a public policy minor. More information on the Baker Center’s course offerings can be found here http://catalog.utk.edu/content.php?catoid=14&navoid=1571 in the Undergraduate Catalog.