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. 

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

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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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