Dedicated to a Just and Humane World


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Kevin Ward, PhD

Associate Professor and Director Casey 210-18


Kimberly Gawlik, JD

Senior Administrative Assistant Casey 210


Program Summary

Addressing public and social problems requires an integrated approach. As a Seattle University Public Affairs student, you will build a solid base in the theories of leadership, economics, public policy, management and finance to prepare you to take action for social change.

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Choose a Customizable Concentration

The flexible Public Affairs curriculum allows you to concentrate in a specific area of study. The concentrations build upon the CORE Public Affairs curriculum and prepare you to develop your specific field of interest. You can choose one of the established concentrations or work with your advisor to create your own.

Concentrations include:

  • Urban Planning and Sustainability
  • Nonprofit Management
  • International Development (education abroad options are available)
  • Policy and Politics 

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Professional Development

Enrich your classroom experience through internships, research, experiential learning and study abroad opportunities that prepare you for a career that promotes a just and humane world. 

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Sanya Cowal  '21

Woodrow Wilson Award Recipient

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The Wilson Award is named in honor of President Woodrow Wilson and is presented to the graduating Public Affairs student with the highest GPA in the major. This year's recipient is Sanya Cowal! Sanya is a double major in Environmental Studies and Public Affairs. Congrats Sanya! 



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