Program Summary BA

Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs

The major in public affairs welcomes students interested in the areas of policy-making, planning, community engagement, and advocacy working in local, state, and federal government or the nonprofit sector. Coursework in public affairs encourages students to explore diverse perspectives, apply problem-solving skills, and engage in practical internship experiences that enable graduates to undertake important leadership responsibilities and challenging work in the public and nonprofit sectors. 

Public Affairs students will:

  • Develop the perspectives, skills, and abilities necessary to make a difference in the public and nonprofit sector.
  • Learn about public policy, program evaluation, organizational leadership, financial management, and research methods.
  • Choose a concentration in an area of particular interest including:
    • Urban Planning and Sustainability
    • Nonprofit Management
    • International Development (study abroad options are available)
    • Policy and Politics
    • Or design your own concentration