The Graduate Certificate in Rural Policy is an 18-credit multi-disciplinary offered through OSU Extended Campus by the School of Public Policy. Students have a choice of over a dozen courses that will prepare them with the skills and competencies needed to understand economic, social, political and cultural dynamics of rural places, and to design and evaluate rural policy as it pertains to Oregon and other contexts. Rooted in Sociology, Economics, Political Science, and various natural resource sciences, students will gain valuable interdisciplinary insights into complex challenges facing rural places. Potential applicants should contact Professor Mark E. Edwards for additional information: or (541) 737-5379.

Core Classes [10 credits] 

PPOL 552—International Comparative Rural Policy (4 credits) 

  • Examines and compares the role of rural policy in different cultural, political and administrative contexts at the international, national, state, regional and local levels. The course also provides the opportunity to study the nature and implications of new forms of governance in rural contexts in North America and Europe.

SOC 539—Welfare and Social Services (4 credits) 

  • Rural dimensions of poverty, social services, and community response. Analysis of social, political, and economic forces affecting welfare and social service systems, with overview of current programs, policy issues, public opinions, occupational aspects and societal impacts.  

PPOL 501—Research and Scholarship (2 credits) 

  • A capstone course in which certificate enrollees will, under guidance of Certificate Coordinator, complete a rural policy analysis.

Additional Electives [8 Credits] 

  • AEC—521 Rural Poverty and Safety Net (3 credits)
  • AEC 534—Environmental and Resource Economics (3 credits)
  • AEC—554 Rural Development Economics and Policy (3 credits)
  • ANTH—581 Natural Resources and Community Values (3 credits)
  • PS 575—Environmental Politics and Policy (3 credits)
  • SNR 520—Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources (3 credits)
  • SNR 521—Economics of Sustainable Natural Resource Management (3 credits)
  • SNR 522—Basic Beliefs and Ethics in Natural Resources (3 credits)
  • SOC 580—Environmental Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOC 581—Society and Natural Resources (4 credits)