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 Master of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs), and a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Affairs.

We currently have 24 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-renowned researchers, often winning research awards and external grants and serving in editorial positions at top peer-reviewed journals.

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SPIA Student Named 2024 Truman Scholar
SPIA Student Named 2024 Truman Scholar

By Stephanie Schupska Originally posted in UGA Today University of Georgia junior Alex Drahos was one of 60 undergraduates from across the nation to be selected as a 2024 Truman Scholar,

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SPIA Ranks No. 4 in the Nation According to USNWR
SPIA Ranks No. 4 in the Nation According to USNWR

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

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FBI Director Delivers Annual Getzen Lecture on Government Accountability
FBI Director Delivers Annual Getzen Lecture on Government Accountability

On March 19, 2024, Christopher A. Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation delivered the annual Getzen Lecture on Government Accountability to a full audience at the historic chapel

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Upcoming Events

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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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