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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Happening on Campus

  • Join Alumni Engagement and the Environmental Studies Program on Friday, April 9, 12:30-1:30PM, for a panel discussion on “Climate Justice in the Biden Administration” featuring Dr. Tanya Hayes, Dr. Heidi Liere, and Dr. John Armstrong. Reading Redhawks is a program by Alumni Engagement and serves as an online book club-style learning opportunity dedicated to inspired literature and the Redhawk community. The panelists encourage attendees to read the recommended readings ahead of the event. Readings and registration can be found here.

Jess Juanich '20

Fr. William Le Roux, S.J. Leadership Award Recipient

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Jess Juanich is a double major in Public Affairs and Political Science, and a student government leader with a demonstrated commitment to social justice.  Jess is driven by a clear moral vision of the world and shines in his service to students at SU as well as local communities.  The LeRoux Award recognizes the graduating Senior who has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities, shown academic excellence and performed significant service to the College of Arts and Sciences.



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