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

SPIA researcher calls attention to discrepancies in service animal policies
SPIA researcher calls attention to discrepancies in service animal policies

By: Rachael Andrews In her recent article for the Disability and Health Journal, Dr. Emily Zier (PhD, ‘19) investigates the inconsistencies between federal and state policies concerning service animals in

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Podcast host and lawyer Katie Barlow reflects on her time in SPIA
Podcast host and lawyer Katie Barlow reflects on her time in SPIA

By: Rachael Andrews SPIA alumna Katie Barlow (BA ‘11) graduated from UGA with a double major in political science and broadcast journalism. After completing a law degree at Georgetown University

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SPIA remains top public affairs graduate school
SPIA remains top public affairs graduate school

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia ranks among the top-tier Public Affairs Graduate Schools according to U.S. News and World Report. In the

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Upcoming Events

CANCELED: SPIA Undergraduate Research Colloquium
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library Auditorium
Canceled: Public Policy and Egalitarian Justice Conference
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Canceled: Public Policy and Egalitarian Justice Conference
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Georgia Center for Continuing Education