College of Arts and Sciences
Public Affairs

Public Affairs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs

    The major in public affairs welcomes students interested in the areas of policy-making, planning, civic engagement, and advocacy working in local, state, and federal government or the nonprofit sector. 

    Coursework in public affairs encourages students to explore diverse perspectives, apply problem-solving skills, and engage in practical internship experiences that enable graduates to undertake important leadership responsibilities and challenging work in the public and nonprofit sectors. 

    The public affairs program also offers a minor in public affairs.

    Public Affairs students will:

    • Develop the perspectives, skills, and abilities necessary to make a difference in the public and nonprofit sector.
    • Learn about public policy, program evaluation, organizational leadership, financial management, and research methods.
    • Choose a policy pathway in an area of particular interest including:
      • Urban Planning and Sustainability
      • Nonprofit Leadership
      • International Development (study abroad options are available)
      • or design your own policy pathway