The department was formed in 2001 when the School of Public & International Affairs was founded.  Formerly the department had been part of the larger Political Science department in Franklin College. We moved into a newly renovated Candler Hall in August, 2003, and began offering courses with the INTL prefix that fall.

We currently have 14 tenured and tenure-track faculty in our department, teaching a wide array of topics including introduction to global studies, comparative politics, foreign policy, and strategic intelligence. Many of our faculty have won prestigious teaching awards at the school and university levels.

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SPIA Students Win National Policy Competition with Life Saving App
SPIA Students Win National Policy Competition with Life Saving App

Athens, GA –  Challenged by the public health threat of distracted driving among teens, students from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and the College

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More access to opioid treatment programs needed in Southeast
More access to opioid treatment programs needed in Southeast

In 2015, more than 30,000 Americans died from overdosing on opioids, and a new study led by the University of Georgia shows that one of the hardest hit populations-low-income Americans

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Trip
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Trip

In March 2017, eight students from the Master in International Policy (MIP) Program, accompanied by CITS Executive Director and MIP Program Director Dr. Sara Z. Kutchesfahani and CITS staff, traveled

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SPIA DC Reception & Program

On November 16, 2016, the School of Public and International Affairs hosted its annual reception and program for alumni and friends in Washington DC. The event’s program featured a post-election

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Trip

In March 2014, fifteen students from the Masters of International Policy and Doctorate in International Affairs programs, accompanied by the director and staff of the Center for International Trade and

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This is our spring at UGA

Spring arrives early here at UGA. We start wear sandals in January, shorts and t-shirts in February and you can catch us walking barefoot through the grass on North Campus

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It’s pretty quiet here… except on Saturdays

Some would say that fall is the best time of year at UGA. And they’d be 30% right. Spring and summer are great, too. Maybe it’s the smell of coffee

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Globis Asia Study Abroad Program

The Globis Asia Study Abroad Program offers students a tremendous opportunity to experience the unique culture, politics, and historical sites of Japan, China, and the Korean Peninsula. Through both classroom

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