Dedicated to Building a Just and Humane World

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:

  • Engage with active, dedicated and experienced faculty both in the field and in the classroom to effectively identify problems and form practical and just solutions
  • Develop skills and expertise in public policy, program evaluation, organizational leadership, financial management, economics and research design and methods
  • Focus your studies by choosing a concentration in an area of particular interest including:
    • Urban Planning and Sustainability
    • Nonprofit Management
    • International Development (study abroad options are available)
    • Politics and Policy or
    • Design your own concentration
  • Complete a practical internship in the field to complement your area of concentration

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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 theory of leadership, economics, public policy, management and finance from which you can take action for social change.

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Choose a Customizable Concentration

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.

Concentrations include:

  • Urban Planning and Sustainability
  • Nonprofit Management
  • International Development (education abroad options are available)
  • Policy and Politics OR
  • Create your own concentration 

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Professional Development

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. 

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Faculty, Students, and Alumni Making an Impact

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.

Contact Us

Tanya Hayes, PhD

Associate Professor and Director Casey 210-05


Kimberly Gawlik, JD

Senior Administrative Assistant Casey 210


Our Students in the Field

Anab Nur - class of '19

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. 

EVST Student Assistant Maggie Roberts ('19) awarded John Jay Fellowship

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Maggie Roberts is graduating with degrees in Philosophy with Departmental Honors and English Literature. A University Honors Student, Naef Scholar, and Student Executive Council member, Maggie will begin the John Jay Fellowship upon her graduation. "Fellows at the John Jay Institute develop a vision for flourishing human societies, and receive the intellectual, spiritual, and professional training to make them effective leaders for such societies."

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