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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Olympic Dreams
Olympic Dreams

By: Tate Mitchell While the world is abuzz with talk of the Olympic Winter Games, Sarah Hughes (AB ’14) is in PyeongChang, South Korea in the midst of the action,

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SPIA Announces Emerging Leaders Program
SPIA Announces Emerging Leaders Program

Interested in making a difference in the lives of fellow Georgians? There is no more impactful and satisfying career path than that of a public affairs leader. The University of

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SPIA Alumnus Tops Bulldog 100
SPIA Alumnus Tops Bulldog 100

The University of Georgia Alumni Association recognized the fastest-growing companies owned or operated by UGA alumni during the ninth annual Bulldog 100 Celebration on Jan. 27 at the Hyatt Regency in

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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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