Inaugurated in 2001 as the University of Georgia’s fourteenth college, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) was formed from the existing Department of Political Science in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Emerging at a critical time in US history, SPIA’s existence since 2001 has coincided with public policy challenges and threats to democratic governance.

Now, more than ever, the nation and the world require scholars and students to focus their attention on the pressing policy and governance issues of the day. SPIA prepares undergraduate and graduate students for good citizenship and careers in public life and trains future generations of teachers and scholars in the fields of international affairs, political science, and public administration and policy.

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UGA Amazing Student
UGA Amazing Student

Elizabeth Hardister chose to attend UGA because of the research opportunities and has been involved in CURO ever since her first semester of freshman year. Outside of her studies, she does

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A Successful Semester for the UGA Moot Court Team
A Successful Semester for the UGA Moot Court Team

In its third year on campus, the UGA Moot Court Team is already having a great deal of success. In October, the team hosted the First Annual UGA Invitational Tournament.

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UGA Student named 2017 Rhodes Scholar
UGA Student named 2017 Rhodes Scholar

Laura Courchesne, a senior Honors Student and Foundation Fellow at the University of Georgia, is adding another prestigious title to her long list of accomplishments – she has been named

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