Seattle University Public Affairs students learn how to explore diverse perspectives to become effective agents of change in the wider community while working to achieve social justice. As a Public Affairs major, you will:
Addressing public and social problems requires an integrated approach. As a Seattle University Public Affairs student, you will build a solid base in the theory of leadership, economics, public policy, management and finance from which you can take action for social change.
As part of the Public Affairs curriculum, you will choose to concentrate in a specific area of interest. The concentrations build upon the CORE Public Affairs curriculum and prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop your specific field of interest.
Through internships, research, experiential learning and study abroad opportunities, you will enrich your classroom experience while preparing for a career that promotes a just and humane world.
Our faculty, students and alumni work across the state, country and globe to help achieve positive change and social justice in community, government, nonprofit and for profit organizations.
Associate Professor, Marie Wong spoke with NPR about the Single Room Occupancy hotels that once dominated the streetscape in Seattle's Chinatown-International District. The story not only appealed to Doc Wong's background in urban planning, but also to her background as a Chinese American growing up in the Midwest.
Start the audio at 5:35 to hear Dr. Wong's 11-minute interview!
Learn about career paths in the public sector, including jobs and internship opportunities with government agencies including USA Jobs.
I am a Public Affairs Major and Sociology Minor. I work on campus as a Student Campus Minister and as an Academic Mentor at Washington Middle School. I received the St. Peter Faber Integrity award for the 2017-2018 school year and I am an Ignation Leader for the 2018-19 school year. I am also the President of the Gender Justice Center.
Through my internship in the office of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, I learned how a congressional district office functions and about how staff approaches casework and community outreach. I experienced how federal decisions and laws effect individuals here in Seattle and the role that congressional offices have in those connections.