Inaugurated in 2001 as the University of Georgia’s fourteenth college, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) was formed from the existing Department of Political Science in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Emerging at a critical time in US history, SPIA’s existence since 2001 has coincided with public policy challenges and threats to democratic governance.

Now, more than ever, the nation and the world require scholars and students to focus their attention on the pressing policy and governance issues of the day. SPIA prepares undergraduate and graduate students for good citizenship and careers in public life and trains future generations of teachers and scholars in the fields of international affairs, political science, and public administration and policy.

Latest News

Meet the Board: Rebecca Howell (AB ’13)
Meet the Board: Rebecca Howell (AB ’13)

In July 2020 five new members joined the School of Public and International Affairs’ (SPIA) Alumni Board, and we are taking some time to introduce them to fellow SPIA alumni

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Dean Lauth Fund Opens Doors for Graduate Students
Dean Lauth Fund Opens Doors for Graduate Students

Thomas P. Lauth is the founding dean of the School of Public and International Affairs. In January of 2020, he was awarded the University of Georgia’s President’s Medal, an honor

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MPA Student Benefits From Williams Fund
MPA Student Benefits From Williams Fund

Shayla Lee is a Master of Public Administration (MPA) student and recipient of the Morris E. and Frances G. Williams Minority Student Assistance Fund. Shayla is specializing in both local

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