Public Affairs (B.S.)
Let our education fuel your passion. Begin your career in public service with a Public Affairs degree.
Good public policy relies on individuals who are clear thinkers and communicators. But it also demands an in-depth understanding of management, accounting and economics. UND's Public Affairs program develops all of those skills, giving you an understanding of the ways that you can make a difference in a variety of public, private and non-profit organizations.
- Program type:
- Est. time to complete:
- 4 years
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Why Study Public Affairs at UND?
As a student in UND's Public Affairs program, you'll learn the skills that prepare you for a career in public service. The Public Affairs curriculum emphasizes practical skills, such as management and budgeting, that are applicable to work in any number of public or nonprofit organizations. If you're interested in particular policy areas, such as politics or economics, the Public Affairs curriculum accommodates a minor in those and many other subjects.
This major features two tracks:
- A public administration track, which emphasizes managing government organizations
- A nonprofit administration track, which focuses on administration of nonprofit groups and issues of social awareness. The nonprofit track pairs well with the minor in Nonprofit Leadership.
In a department that cares for you as a student, you will experience small classes, where you will know your professors and your professors will know you.
Leaders in Action
Jed Hanson studied political science and public administration at UND and is a Truman Scholarship winner.
Network and build experience outside of class with the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society and the Public Affairs Club.
Gain practical field experience through internships available to students in the nonprofit track.
Learn from the same faculty who teach in UND's highly ranked M.P.A. program.
Earn a M.P.A. in just one extra year by participating in our five-year combined program.
Whether you pursue an advanced degree in public administration, go to law school or begin your career immediately, you'll find UND alums in jobs around the country. You'll find UND alumni in organizations including:
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Department of the Interior
- City governments
- Nonprofits that are local and national in scope