Part I: Apply to UGA

See UGA undergraduate admissions process.

Part II: Declaring a SPIA Major

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 the advising office is notified of the change, an advisor is assigned to the new student in SAGE. Please check SAGE 2-3 business days after adding a major to see your advisor and schedule an appointment. If students have questions about SPIA major and academic programs, but are not ready to make a change, all are welcome to our drop-in hours to meet with an advisor. Those hours are 1-2 Monday through Friday in Candler Hall.

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. Our advisors always welcome your questions! Phone: 706-542-4114