The Department of International Affairs 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 of Arts and Sciences. We currently offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs, two master’s degrees (Master of International Policy and a Master of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs), and a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Affairs.

We currently have 22 tenured and tenure-track faculty and lecturers in the department that specialize in a wide array of topics, including international conflict, human rights, political institutions, extremism, political economy, and the environment. Many of our faculty have won prestigious teaching awards at the school and university levels.  Our faculty are also world-renown researchers, often winning research awards and external grants and serving in editorial positions at top peer-reviewed journals.

Degree Programs

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2017-2018 SPIA Professors Awards and Honors
2017-2018 SPIA Professors Awards and Honors

In the 2017-2018 academic year, SPIA faculty members were awarded fifteen fellowships, awards, and honors through the University of Georgia and the University System of Georgia. Congratulations to all our

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MIP Student to Intern at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
MIP Student to Intern at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Second year Master of International Policy (MIP) student, Valeriia Lozova, recently accepted a Research Intern position at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C.. Founded in 1910, Carnegie is the

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MIP Student Accepted to NNSS Summer Course
MIP Student Accepted to NNSS Summer Course

First year Master of International Policy (MIP) student, Samuel McCoy, was recently accepted to attend the Nuclear Nonproliferation, Safeguards, and Security (NNSS) Summer Course at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in

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Upcoming Events

Constitution Day 2018
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UGA Chapel

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2017 Networking Night

On April 21, 2017, the third annual SPIA Networking Night was hosted at the Holiday Inn in Athens, GA. There were over 250 alumni, faculty, students, and organizations in attendance.

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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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