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This Is SPEA

Image of the front of the SPEA building Whether you’re interested in national legislation on issues like tax reform, healthcare or homeland security...

Or how a nonprofit can best manage its dollars to help others…

Or how a multinational company can cut costs and reduce its carbon footprint...

Or how a performing arts company can shine in a gloomy economy...

SPEA has a range of opportunities, in a small, supportive community within the IU Bloomington campus.

SPEA students learn from the sharpest minds in political science, economics, sociology and law, and then apply their degrees to solve the biggest challenges in the world today.

We’re so committed to providing students with the best opportunities that we’ve created up to 70 new scholarships to be awarded to exceptional students in the next two years.

Other good things about SPEA:
  • SPEA is home to the second highest-ranked public affairs program in the country (out of 266), just ahead of Harvard.
  • It is a globally-recognized institution where you can study major policy issues (such as income inequality, energy, tax and healthcare) and the organizations that develop and implement these policies.
  • It’s a place where you have a lot of choices – students can study public affairs, the environment, or both. A major growth area is arts management, in which students learn how to run museums, theatres, and music venues.
  • It’s a school where you can examine big ideas, in the liberal arts tradition, but also gain concrete skills that allow you to obtain jobs after graduation helping to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.
  • Our students develop business and leadership know-how but are also passionate about using these skills to make the world a better place.
  • Our graduates have gone onto a range of influential roles in the public (U.S. Depts. of State, Energy and Homeland Security, to name a few) private (Booz Allen, Grant Thornton, Eli Lilly) and nonprofit sectors (Steppenwolf Theater, Teach for America).