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What is the Department of Public and International Affairs?

The Department of Public and International Affairs is about engaging with governance, from the local level to the global level. Our department includes an undergraduate major in political science as well as minors in international affairs, political science, pre-law, and public administration. We also offer graduate programs in public administration, conflict management and resolution, and coastal and ocean policy. Broadly, our programs equip students with an understanding of who gets what, when, and how (in Harold Lasslow's famous definition of politics) at all levels of government, including the international level. Further, students with an emphasis in public administration and policy are trained with the management skills and policy expertise to make change in public and non-profit settings.


Our Department is composed of faculty who teach and conduct research in American politics, public law, comparative politics, international relations, political thought, public administration, and public policy. We also provide public service in our areas of expertise, including serving on City Council, advising local commissions, delivering guest lectures, writing legal expert opinions, training members of the military about to deploy to conflict zones, speaking to the media, hosting conferences, advising student organizations, and peer-reviewing books and articles in our respective fields.


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