The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) is comprised of three nationally ranked departments and a number of dynamic academic centers and programs: the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS), the Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS), and the Criminal Justice Studies program. Each center and program consists of a robust cohort of faculty and researchers from across multiple disciplines at UGA.
Center for International Trade and Security
The Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) strives to mitigate the threat posed by the trade of weapons of mass destruction materials and technologies and other military-related transfers through research, training, and outreach.
CITS carries out its mission by engaging and informing policymakers, industry representatives, educators, students, and the general public, both in the United States and abroad, about the dangers of trade in and theft of weapons and weapons components. The Center's policy research is disseminated in print and on the Internet in books, reports, editorials, briefings, and journals, including its own, The Monitor, and in public forums hosted both by the Center and by its colleagues in the worldwide strategic trade community, to stimulate and facilitate international dialogue. CITS focuses on fostering international cooperation to prevent the spread of weapons and related technologies by organizing exchanges and training programs for government and industry officials and academic and policy experts to develop dynamic, robust systems for monitoring, controlling, and, where need be, preventing the trade of WMD-related materials.
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Center for the Study of Global Issues
The Center for the Study of Global Issues at The University of Georgia fosters educational and research activities focused on economic, political, and sociocultural change and development occurring at the global level. The social theories and ideologies of the past were suited to a world that no longer exists and new future-oriented theories and conceptualizations are needed. Only by developing these theories and ideals can we begin to confront the most pressing problems of the day. The purpose of GLOBIS is to meet this need by conducting research and educational activities which examine recent global economic, political, and socio-cultural trends and the human problems associated with these trends in order to furnish a basis for forecasting the future and forming public policy.
The Center's programs are located both on campus at The University of Georgia in Athens and abroad at its regional offices in Italy and Japan. GLOBIS has a European Office in Verona, Italy and an Asian Office in Kyoto, Japan.
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Criminal Justice Studies Program
The University of Georgia initiated its degree program in Criminal Justice Studies in 1977. The A.B. in Criminal Justice offered by the University is an interdisciplinary degree where students draw on the expertise of faculty in Political Science, Sociology, Psychology and other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2002, The School of Public and International Affairs was established and the Department of Political Science is housed there. The Criminal Justice Studies Program now works jointly with both the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and with the School of Public and International Affairs. In a variety of courses, students are introduced to the academic disciplines that are needed to understand crime and the administration of criminal justice. Moreover, each student is given the opportunity to work in a criminal justice agency in the program's internship.
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