The major in public affairs welcomes motivated students interested in policy-making, planning, community service and advocacy in public and nonprofit organizations. The bachelor of arts with a major in public affairs degree integrates the mission of Seattle University through its focus on social justice and dedication to “empowering leaders for a just and humane world.”
Coursework in the major in public affairs encourages students to explore diverse perspectives, apply problem-solving skills, and engage in practical experiences that enable graduates to undertake important leadership responsibilities and challenging work in the public and nonprofit sectors. The course work includes management studies and public policy analysis. Several policy pathways are available to students, allowing the students to shape their studies according to their interests and concerns. Students earning this degree will be prepared to contribute to all sectors of society and levels of government. This degree is also excellent preparation for graduate or professional school.
Upon completion of the bachelor’s program, a Seattle University public affairs student may apply for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. The graduate degree can be completed in four additional quarters. For joint degree students only there is a reduced, 36-credit requirement for the MPA. See the Graduate Catalog for a description of the MPA program.
General Program Requirements
It is strongly suggested that students make an appointment with the program director to discuss their interest in public affairs prior to declaring the major.
Students planning to apply to the graduate Master of Public Administration degree program must have a 3.00 or higher cumulative GPA.
Note: Some PUBA courses have been identified as satisfying the senior synthesis and the core interdisciplinary requirements. Those courses may be used to fill major requirements or major electives while also fulfilling university core requirements. The credit for each course completed is included in totals only once.