The School of Public Affairs is a multidisciplinary academic unit in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. There are two undergraduate programs, including the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Public Administration.
The primary purpose of the public administration major is to provide knowledge and skills for students who wish to prepare themselves for management careers in government, community agencies, private not-for-profit organizations, planning and consulting firms and private sector organizations that work in partnership with the public sector. The job market and hiring criteria in today’s economy indicate that employment opportunities for public administration are expanding. The School also offers a Minor in Public Administration. There is a formal emphasis available in City Planning.
The criminal justice major is designed to encourage thoughtful exploration of the ways that criminal justice systems provide “justice”, or fail to do so. Students learn the criminal justice system from a social justice policy perspective, taking into account the impact of the criminal justice system on individuals, groups, and organizations in society.