About Us


The Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Studies (IPPCS) welcomes you and encourages you to explore the numerous facets of learning opportunities that are available. This includes academic certificates at the graduate (National Security Studies) and undergraduate (National Security Studies, Public Policy Studies, and North American Studies) levels, study abroad opportunities, internship experiences, the Model United Nations and the Student Honors Mentor Program. These are all available to help students prepare for careers while developing into better citizens and contributing members of their communities.

Public policy is the study of how governmental decisions are shaped from political, socio-economic, and institutional perspectives and the process by which decisions are made as well as the subject matter of those policies.

Citizenship is the membership in a political community (originally a city but now usually a country) and carries with it rights to and responsibilities of political participation; a person having such membership is a citizen.

National security is enabling the survival and safety of the nation-state through the use of diplomacy and political, economic and military power.

About the Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Studies

The Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Studies (IPPCS) was founded in 1985 to offer students, faculty and the community alternative learning opportunities in public policy and citizenship development. The late Florida State Senator Jack D. Gordon, founding director of the Institute, served the Miami-Dade community for many years, chairing substantive committees in the Florida Senate, including Appropriations, Tax and Finance, Education, Transportation, and Health and Rehabilitative services.

Ongoing IPPCS programs include the Student Honors Mentor Program, the Model United Nations Program, Graduate and Undergraduate certificate programs in National Security Studies, the Public Policy Studies Certificate Program and the North American Studies Certificate Program. As an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC-CAE), the IPPCS has been able to enhance the academic experience through speakers, colloquia, seminars, library resources, faculty support, student scholarships and assistance with obtaining internships and employment opportunities.

Program in National Security Studies

The Gordon Institute was awarded the Center for Academic Excellence in Intelligence Studies grant by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2005.

FIU was one of four original universities designated as Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC-CAE) and we are proud of this designation, which provides students with a variety of opportunities for career preparation.

Beyond Borders Consortium

FIU and IPPCS were part of a six university project to enhance understanding and study among Canada, Mexico and the United States. Entitled “Beyond Borders: Integration, Migration and Security in North America,” this four year project, (September 2008 – August 2013), is primarily established to enable students to study at partner universities for a full semester. A total of seven FIU students traveled during years 2-4.

Funded by the Fund to Improve Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) of the U.S. Department of Education, Human Resources and Social Development Canada ((HRSDC), and the Dirección de Desarollo Universitario of Mexico’s Secretaría de Educación Pública, this project’s lead institutions were the University of Texas at El Paso, Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and Centro de Investigación y Docensia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City; partner institutions were FIU, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Universidad Autónomo de Nuevo León (UANL) in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.

he project also entailed collaborative curriculum development, with certificates or other concentrations of study about North American Studies and a common core course on North American relations. The final goal of the project was to develop and seek funding to implement a collaborative research project among the partner universities to develop deeper understanding and potential policy recommendations on the topic of Integration, Migration and Security in North America.

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