Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs

The major in Public Affairs welcomes students interested in public policy, community planning, civic engagement and advocacy for employment in local, state and federal government or the nonprofit sector. 

  • Coursework in Public Affairs encourages you to explore diverse perspectives, apply problem-solving skills and engage in practical internship experiences where you will analyze and address real-world social problems.
  • You will choose a concentration in 
    • Urban Planning and Sustainability
    • Nonprofit Management
    • International Development (study abroad options are available)
    • Politics and Policy OR
    • Design your own concentration

For the current course offerings and requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs please refer to the Seattle University Catalog.

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Seattle University Bachelor of Public Affairs/Master of Public Administration reduced credit program option:

Upon completion of the Seattle University Bachelor of Public Affairs program (BPA), you may apply for the SU Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. If you are admitted into the MPA program, you may use up to 15 credits (from your BA) towards the normal 57 credit requirement for completion of the MPA program.




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