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Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership and Policy in a Free Market

The 15-credit undergraduate certificate program is housed in the FIU Adam Smith Center for Economic Freedom. Certificate students will not only focus on economic policy, but also on the broader themes of democracy, freedom, capitalism, public policy, civil society, human development, and global prosperity, as seen through various disciplines.

Study Groups with our Senior Leadership Fellows

Check back for our Fall 2024 Senior Leadership Fellows!

Justice and Rule of Law in Latin America

Wednesdays, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Starting February 21 thru April 17, 2024


A Leader’s Journey: From the Private to the Public Sector

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Starting March 12 thru April 18, 2024
*This study group will be conducted in Spanish


Leadership and Success: Lessons from Senior Executives in the Public and Private Sectors in the United States

Mondays, 1:30 – 3:00pm

Starting January 30 thru April 15, 2024 (all sessions will be on Mondays except for January 30)


Embassy on Fire

Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Starting February 8 thru April 16, 2024


Study Groups with our Senior Leadership Fellows

In The President’s  Shoes: Leading in a Globalized and Angry World

Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Starting  9/28/23 thru 11/9/23


Rescuing Democracy and Resisting a Dictatorship

Wednesdays, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Starting October 4, 2023

*This study group will be conducted in Spanish


Leadership & Diplomacy

Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:30pm

Starting 9/26/23 thru 11/28/23


The Art of Diplomacy in Free Market Democracies

Mondays, 3:00 – 4:30pm

Starting  9/25/23 thru 12/4/23



If you would like to sign up for a Study Group with our Senior Leadership Fellows, please click on the sign up form below.

Teaching and Learning

The Center hopes to offer programs of study on a variety of topics related to public policy and the free enterprise system, potentially leading to a Certificate Program.

The Center also hopes to offer selected executive education programs for policymakers, business leaders, and other stakeholders.

In due time, the Center hopes to partner with think tanks, foundations, and other universities to offer joint programs of study and projects.

Summer Seminar and Practicum
The Adam Smith Seminar. ASC will offer a two-week intensive program on free-markets and the work of Adam Smith and other prominent thinkers who contributed to the foundations of Western political and economic thought.
The Adam Smith Practicum. ASC will offer a two-week intensive program, to be held in our Nation’s Capital (and eventually abroad as well), where students will work on a practical solution to a specific pressing public policy challenge presented to them.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Support and Mentorship
The Center will offer scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students to work with our visiting fellows. Additionally, our students will have the opportunity to present their research work and practical experiences at the annual Global Conference (see below).

Internship Program
ASC will sponsor a number of undergraduate and graduate student interns to work on projects related to the themes fundamental to the mission of the Center. The work will take place at FIU, in the student’s local community, or in our Nation’s Capital. ASC will work with sponsoring organizations to help these internships serve as a pathway to future careers that promote individual freedom and human prosperity. Student interns also will have the opportunity to showcase their experiences at the annual Global Conference.

Debate Society
Following the structure of FIU’s Model United Nations Program, the Adam Smith Center will establish a debate society for the active participation of students at FIU and around the world.