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


MN State National Geographic Bee
March 27, 2015 Atwood and Ritsche Auditorium
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
March 30, 2015 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Atwood Glacier 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.

Law Enforcement and Race: Organizing a Way Forward
April 7, 2015 9:30a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Ritsche Auditorium

Careers with the State Department
April 7, 2015 3:30 p.m. Atwood Alumni Room
Ambassador Ian C. Kelly will discuss how to apply and land a job with the State Department.

Student Research Colloquium
April 21, 2015 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Atwood

Spring Community Engagement Fair
April 23, 2015 9-11 a.m. Atwood Ballroom

The Ivory Tower
April 29, 2015 2 p.m. Film, 3:30 p.m. Discussion Miller Center Auditorium