Hinckley Sponsored Courses

The Hinckley Institute is dedicated to engaging students and the community to promote a better understanding and appreciation of politics. Providing sponsored courses at the University of Utah is one of the ways we accomplish this goal. The courses we sponsor are listed below.

Campaign Management (HNKLY 3160)

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Fall semester only, cross-listed with POLS 3160

This course is designed to introduce students to the management of political and public affairs campaigns through lectures, guest speakers, and active participation in a campaign. Students can also receive internship credit for their campaign work by registering for a local internship (HNKLY 4900).

Political Forum Series (HNKLY 3910)

Fall and spring semesters, cross-listed with POLS 3910

This writing-intensive course exposes students to diverse perspectives on current events and political and social issues. Students attend a variety of Hinckley Forums featuring academics, policymakers, diplomats, authors, and other public officials. The course additionally hones students’ public speaking prowess.

Capital Encounter (HNKLY 4914)

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Come learn how to advocate and have influence in Washington, DC. Through this unique educational experience, students will learn about and practice the art and science of political influence in Washington. Throughout the semester, students will read and learn about how influence and political advocacy occurs in our nation’s capital. While learning, students will develop policy proposals and put together advocacy plans to advocate for their proposals. After the end of the semester (May 3-8), students will travel to Washington to put their knowledge, and their plans, to work, meeting with governmental officials and advocating for their policy proposals. This immersive experience combines the best of theory and practice, and allows students to learn how political advocacy really works in our national politics.


This course, which is a collaboration with the Political Science Department, intends to compliment the intense learning experience of the Hinckley Institute's spring Legislative Internship program. Students are given the chance to debrief and better understand the implications of the policies and politics they encountered during the General Utah Legislative Session. 

Ambassador John Price Think Tank (HNKLY 4905)

Fall and Spring Semesters

This course is taught by the Hinckley Institute’s Resident Scholar John Price, who served as the Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of Seychelles, and the Union of Comoros from 2002-2005. This think tank is reserved for a select group of students and focuses on foreign policy as it relates to Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Due to the competitive nature of this symposium, you must apply for entry. To apply, please complete the application form found here. The application will close on November 30th.