School of Public Affairs

The School of Public Affairs prepares students to become contributing members of their local, regional, national and global communities through instruction, research and community outreach.

We approach public policy using a wider lens than other universities. In addition to the political science-based interpretation of public policy, we integrate other disciplines and fields that directly contribute to the management of the public interest.

We are able to adopt this approach because of our excellent faculty. Our professors have distinguished track records and share the common goal of producing graduates who go on to have successful careers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors

Upcoming Events

School of Public Affairs Spring Events 2015

Power in Diversity Leadership Conference
January 29 - Feburary 1, 2015 Atwood
This annual conference will offer opportunities for personal growth and leadership development to college students of color and underrepresented students through a variety of workshops, keynote addresses and programs. It will also provide a forum for student leaders to connect with others from colleges and universities across the region. Register online here.

Diversity Job & Internship Fair
January 30, 2015 1p.m. - 4 p.m. Atwood
Many of Minnesota's largest business, technical, healthcare, government, non-profit, and education employers will be in attendance. This will be the only time that a few of the participating employers will be coming to campus this year!  Check it out! FREE and open to ALL students and alumni. Registration is not required.

The Outlook of the National Park Service
February 10, 2015 2p.m. Atwood Theater
Robert Stanton, Sr. Advisor tot he Secretary of the US. Department of Interior and former Director of the National Park Service will discuss the future of the National Park Service.

Black History and Diversity in the Workplace
February 11, 2015 2p.m. Atwood Theater
Robert Stanton, Sr. Advisor to the Secretary of the US. Department of Interior and former Director of the National Park Service will discuss diversity in the workplace.

53rd Winter Institute
February 18-19, 2015 – Atwood and Kelly Inn, St. Cloud
The Winter Institute provides the opportunity to gather the best minds in the region and the country to share their thoughts and ideas on various economic issues with attendees from Minnesota and the Midwest. Highlights of this Winter Institute include:
• Three tracks including: K-12 Teaching, Community Engagement and Public Policy Research
• Keynote speech featuring Professor David Levinson titled, "The Transportation Experience: From Steamboats to Streetcars".  For more information and to register, please visit here.

Nobel Peace Prize Forum
March 6-8, 2015
This forum is an annual dialogue event that inspires peacemaking and peacebuilding by bringing together Nobel Laureates, leaders and activists.

MN Heartland Economics Challenge
March 19, 2015
Over 100 students from across the state will come to compete in tests about microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and current events. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please contact Cindy at

Summer & Fall Internship Fair
March 25, 2015 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Atwood Ballroom
This internship fair features organizations with summer internship opportunities for students.  Free for students to attend and no registration required.

MN State National Geographic Bee
March 27, 2015
More than 100 fourth- to eighth-graders from schools around the state will compete, answering a variety of world geography questions from a panel of judges. The winner will represent Minnesota at the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C.

Travel Career Day
April 7, 2015 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Atwood Alumni Room
This annual event brings insight of travel and tourism professionals to campus. Speakers from some of Minnesota's largest and most respected travel-related companies will discuss career opportunities in the travel industry.

Student Research Colloquium
April 21, 2015 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Atwood
Gain experience and knowledge in your field of study. The Student Research Colloquium promotes research, scholarship and creative works in collaboration with faculty as a vital component of higher education. Students can further their understanding of their field of study, gain experience researching and presenting, receive academic recognition and add an excellent complement to their resume. All students who would like to present their research or creative works at the colloquium must register here.

Spring Community Engagement Fair
April 23, 2015