Dedicated to a Just and Humane World


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Tanya Hayes, PhD

Associate Professor and Director Casey 210-05


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. 

Our Students in the Field

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Mary Lacey and Anneka Karreman - class of '20

"At the Project on Family Homelessness, we apply the diverse knowledge, strategies, and perspectives in PUBA courses to advocate for social issues that directly impact our community. In addition, we use our personal skill sets to collaborate with the community, our non-profit partners, and policy-makers to enact positive social change."

Project on Family Homelessness

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