Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs

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Kevin Ward, PhD

Associate Professor and Director Casey 210-18



The major in Public Affairs welcomes students interested in public policy, community planning, civic engagement and advocacy for employment in local, state and federal government or the nonprofit sector. 

Coursework in Public Affairs encourages you to explore diverse perspectives, apply problem-solving skills and engage in practical internship experiences where you will analyze and address real-world social problems. 

Choose a Concentration

The flexible Public Affairs curriculum allows you to concentrate in a specific area of study. The concentrations build upon the CORE Public Affairs curriculum and prepare you to develop your specific field of interest. You can choose one of the established concentrations or work with your advisor to create your own.

Options include:

  • Urban Studies
  • Nonprofit Management
  • International Development (study abroad options are available)
  • Politics and Policy OR design your own concentration

BPA and MPA Reduced Credit Program Option

Upon completion of the Seattle University Bachelor of Public Affairs program (BPA), you may apply for the SU Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. If you are admitted into the MPA program, you may use up to 15 credits (from your BA) towards the normal 57 credit requirement for completion of the MPA program.