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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Affairs, BA

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General Program Requirements

It is strongly suggested that students make an appointment with the program coordinator 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.


In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in public affairs, students must complete a minimum of 180 credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and a major grade point average of 2.00.

II. College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • Modern Languages 1150, 1250, 1350, or equivalent (15)


All students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate competency through the level of 1350 in a language other than English. This competency is ordinarily achieved by successful completion of the three-course sequence: 1150, 1250, and 1350. Because these courses are a college requirement, no course in the sequence may be taken on a pass/fail, correspondence, or audit basis. Placement into other than the beginning course of the sequence is achieved by acceptable performance on the Modern Language Competency Examination. See the Modern Languages and Cultures Department for details on the examinations. Courses used to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences modern language requirement may not be used to fulfill major requirements.

III. Major Requirements

A minimum of 60 credits consisting of foundation, programmatic and professional courses.

III. Concentrations

Students are required to take at least three courses in a particular area of interest. Courses can be selected from one of four areas shown below or a student may choose to design their own. Courses will be determined with consent of the student’s major advisor. Elective courses may be used to fulfill concentration requirements.

  • Urban Planning and Sustainability 10 to 15
  • Nonprofit Management 10 to 15
  • International Development 10 to 15
    (Study abroad options are available to interested students)
  • Policy and Politics 10 to 15
  • Individualized Policy 10 to 15

Professional Field Internship

A second internship is required of public affairs students pursuing the MPA degree option. This second internship is not a requirement for the public affairs major. This internship will typically be undertaken in the quarter following completion of the public affairs program requirements.

  • PUBM 595 - Internship (1 to 6)

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