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Public Affairs

Bachelors of Science in Public Affairs majors develop the analytical collaborative, and leadership skills students need to examine complex issues and critical problems.  SPEA students have varied interests and strengths, and the BSPA includes six majors to fit a diverse student population.

Majors in Public Affairs

  • Environmental Management: With a focus on policy and practice, Environmental Management majors learn environmental law and regulation, real-world application of scientific theory, and the science and policy behind sustainable practices.
  • Law and Public Policy: Effective for students who matriculated to IUB in the fall of 2013. Check out the new major and minor in Law and Public Policy. It’s ideal if you’re considering a career that tackles issues such as tax and health care policy, social justice, cyber security or intellectual property rights.
  • Legal Studies: With a focus on the legal aspects of public policy, Legal Studies majors learn about government administration and regulation and the role of various kinds of law, from criminal to constitutional, in public affairs.
  • Management: With a focus on the public and nonprofit, rather than business, sector, Management majors learn how to manage projects and people, negotiating issues such as budgets, labor relations, and development.
  • Policy Analysis: With a focus on analytical skills, Policy Analysis majors learn how to dissect and improve public policy with statistical modeling and skills gained from study of finance, economics, and law.
  • Public Financial Management: With a focus on the financial challenges of a city, state, or the federal government, Public Finance majors learn accounting, budgeting, and revenue management.
  • Public and Nonprofit Management: With a focus on either the public or nonprofit sector, Public and Nonprofit Management majors learn the structure of governement and nonprofit entities, and how to manage people, money, and communication to best serve diverse populations.

Degree Requirements

Important to Note: In Summer 2011, IUB implemented new General Education requirements.  Students already admitted to IUB prior to summer 2011 (even if they were not yet admitted to SPEA) will continue to follow our existing degree requirements; requirements for students admitted to IUB summer 2011 and later will utilize the new requirements that take the new campus GenEd into account.

General Education Requirements for students matriculating to IUB prior to summer 2011

General Education Requirements for students matriculating to IUB summer 2011 and later

Environmental Management

Major Courses for Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management for students admitted to SPEA fall 2010 and before

Major Courses for Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management for students admitted to SPEA spring 2011 and later (updates to curriculum)

Law and Public Policy

Major Courses for Law and Public Policy

Legal Studies

Major Courses for Legal Studies

Management

Major Courses for Management

Policy Analysis

Major Courses for Policy Analysis

Public Financial Management

Major Courses for Public Financial Management

Public and Nonprofit Management

Major Courses for Public and Nonprofit Management