Honors student Lucas Llanso Puente, a 2010 graduate with a B.B.A. in finance and A.B. in international affairs with a minor in Spanish, has a bright future. He has published research about American trade with Nicaragua, and he has worked as an intern at the U.S. embassy in Nicaragua. He was on UGA’s model United Nations team and he holds leadership positions with the Roosevelt Institution, a student-run think tank. He worked in Washington, D.C. for Barack Obama and worked with the finance team at the North Carolina State Ports Authority on an activity based costing project and compiling an audit of their financially material assets. He says he was born to be a Dawg.

Undergraduate Programs

Why SPIA? SPIA students are among the best and brightest in the country. In recent years, we have had winners of Rhodes Scholarships, Truman Scholarships, and numerous other notable awards that recognize the achievements of our students.

As a student at the School of Public and International Affairs, you will be studying with award-winning teacher-scholars who are devoted to excellence both in the classroom and in their areas of research.

The School of Public and International Affairs offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with two separate undergraduate majors:

Political Science - A.B.
International Affairs - A.B.

SPIA also offers minors in Political Science and Public Policy and Managment, as well as two certificate programs: the Certificate in Global Studies and the Certificate in Applied Politics and Public Affairs Communications.

The SPIA Office of Student Affairs is the UGA students' resource for information on all academic programs, new student orientation, academic advising, graduation, internships, experiential learning, study abroad, and engagement within SPIA.

By The Numbers


Since 1851, 25 governors of Georgia have been graduates of the University of Georgia, including the former governor, Sonny Perdue. Perdue is the fifth consecutive state chief executive, and the seventh of the last nine governors, to hold a UGA degree. Both of Georgia’s U.S. senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, are graduates as are U.S. Reps.  John Barrow, Paul Broun, Jr., Tom Graves, John (Jack) Kingston, Austin Scott, and Rob Woodall.