The Department of International Affairs was formed in 2001 when the School of Public & International Affairs was founded.  Formerly, the department had been part of the larger Political Science department in Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. We currently offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs, two master’s degrees (Master of International Policy and a Master of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs), and a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Affairs.

We currently have 22 tenured and tenure-track faculty and lecturers in the department that specialize in a wide array of topics, including international conflict, human rights, political institutions, extremism, political economy, and the environment. Many of our faculty have won prestigious teaching awards at the school and university levels.  Our faculty are also world-renown researchers, often winning research awards and external grants and serving in editorial positions at top peer-reviewed journals.

Degree Programs

Latest News

SPIA ranked among top five public affairs graduate schools
SPIA ranked among top five public affairs graduate schools

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia (UGA) is ranked among the best Public Affairs Graduate Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Dr. Loch Johnson to deliver graduate Commencement address
Dr. Loch Johnson to deliver graduate Commencement address

Original story on UGA Today: ABC News correspondent and UGA alumna Deborah Roberts will give the University of Georgia’s spring undergraduate Commencement address May 10 at 7 p.m. in Sanford Stadium.

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SPIA professor awarded prestigious fellowship
SPIA professor awarded prestigious fellowship

By: Shelby Steuart Assistant Professor Dr. Lihi Ben Shitrit was recently awarded a Luce/ACLS Fellowship in Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs. According to the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

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Upcoming Events

George S. Parthemos Lecture
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Baldwin Hall, Pinnacle Room
Constitution Day 2019
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
UGA Chapel

Photo Galleries

2017 Networking Night

On April 21, 2017, the third annual SPIA Networking Night was hosted at the Holiday Inn in Athens, GA. There were over 250 alumni, faculty, students, and organizations in attendance.

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SPIA DC Reception & Program

On November 16, 2016, the School of Public and International Affairs hosted its annual reception and program for alumni and friends in Washington DC. The event’s program featured a post-election

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Trip

In March 2014, fifteen students from the Masters of International Policy and Doctorate in International Affairs programs, accompanied by the director and staff of the Center for International Trade and

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This is our spring at UGA

Spring arrives early here at UGA. We start wear sandals in January, shorts and t-shirts in February and you can catch us walking barefoot through the grass on North Campus

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It’s pretty quiet here… except on Saturdays

Some would say that fall is the best time of year at UGA. And they’d be 30% right. Spring and summer are great, too. Maybe it’s the smell of coffee

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