As an Honors and SPIA student, Tia Ayele was one of only 161 undergraduate students in the nation to be awarded the prestigious Boren Scholarship. As a Boren Scholar, she was granted $20,000 to study and research in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. While there, she continued her track of international affairs and participated in intensive language training in Amharic and Arabic. That same year, she was the only undergraduate student selected as an intern at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute, a leading economic policy think tank that supplies information to governments throughout Africa. Tia was also an associate editor of the Georgia Political Review, Georgia’s first student-run journal of politics and international affairs. She worked as a summer research assistant at the British Standards Institute, conducted Honors-level research through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities for a semester with faculty, and has further conducted research with the Roosevelt Institute. She is one of 10 students to serve as an ambassador to the School of Public and International Affairs for the 2013-2014 academic year, and volunteers as a counselor for the Black Educational Support Team. Tia is one of our amazing students.

Prospective 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:

SPIA also offers a minor in Political Science and an undergraduate Certificate in Global Studies.

The Undergraduate Office is responsible for all aspects of academic advising and graduation for political science and international affairs majors.

Any UGA student may pursue a major in SPIA. There are no special entrance requirements or application process. Applicants to UGA can mark political science or international affairs on the application for admission. Current UGA students can change to or add a major in SPIA via Athena by logging into Athena and following these instructions:

  • Select the “Student” tab
  • Select “My Programs.”
  • Always add the major you want first before deleting your existing major.
  • Minors and Certificate Programs can be added from this same section in Athena.

For current UGA students, once a major in SPIA is added please contact The Undergraduate Office at 706-542-0096 to register for a mandatory new major orientation. At this meeting, new SPIA majors will get basic information about advising and programs, a Student Handbook, and be assigned to an advisor with whom an appointment may be scheduled. 

We encourage prospective undergraduate students (whether in high school, at other institutions, or in other majors at UGA) to contact our office for more information on SPIA or its academic programs. Phone: 706-542-0096

Need more help?

Degree Program Assistant

Brenda Smith

Degree Program Assistant

Office: 107 Candler Hall

Phone: 706-542-0096

Fax: 706-583-0095