School of Public Affairs

Departments and Programs

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Our public affairs programs

The School of Public Affairs is home to four departments offering programs in different disciplines, many of which work well in combination with one another. Undergraduate students are encouraged to incorporate a minor into their degree program. 

Department of Criminal Justice Studies B.A., M.S., P.O.S.T. Licensure

Learn how society deals with crime and other forms of injustice and victimization - and how to prevent it.

B.A. in Criminal Justice Studies
M.S. in Criminal Justice Studies
Minnesota Peace Officer Licensure Training (P.O.S.T. Skills)
Pre-Law Advising


Department of Economics B.A., B.S., 5-yr B.A./M.S., Graduate Certificate

Economics is the application of hard sciences to practical and social problems. 

M.S. in Applied Economics
B.A./M.S. in Applied Economics (5-year program)
B.A. Business Economics
Data Analytics Graduate Certificate
B.A. Economics
B.S. Mathematical Economics (STEM)


Department of Political Science B.A., MPA

Practical training and critical thinking in political behavior, global interactions, and public service. 

B.A. International Relations
B.A. Political Science

Master of Public Administration
Coming soon! Political Science/Master of Public Administration (5yr BA/MPA)
Coming soon! International Relations/Master of Public Administration (5yr BA/MPA)


Military Science Minor

Receive leadership training and tools to succeed in competitive environments. 

Minor in Military Science


Faculty in our school are experienced practitioners and scholars; nearly all have doctoral degrees.

Find a public affairs expert

The St. Cloud State University Expert Guide lists faculty and staff across the University who are willing to share their experiences or expertise with the media for various purposes, story ideas or other needs.

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