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Created in 2006, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) provides a vibrant and innovative platform for understanding, exploring and engaging with issues of leadership and public affairs – from our Raleigh campus to the halls of the North Carolina General Assembly, the power centers of Washington and decision-making forums across the globe.
A Global Approach
Our programs – the Political Science and Public Administration departments, the International Studies graduate program, the Leadership in the Public Sector undergraduate program and the Public Safety Leadership Initiative – bring a new focus and a new level of energy to the issues and institutions that shape our world. Our course offerings marry theory and practice through teaching, research and real-world application.
Diverse in their backgrounds, viewpoints and specialties, our faculty members demonstrate excellence in their research and cultivate growth in their students. The expertise of our professors is the foundation for our first-class educational environment.
Becoming a student in the School of Public and International Affairs means aspiring to great things. Whether you come to SPIA as a new college student, from another institution or major, or from the ranks of public safety or the armed forces, you have the opportunity to achieve from your first day on campus.
Students Document Ukranian Unrest, Student Involvement
Two Political Science students -- both Park Scholars – spent their a recent spring break in Ukraine, interviewing students there about their participation in the protests and upheaval roiling the country. Andriy Shymonyak and Neel Mandavilli (Political Science) worked on a short documentary about the role of students in the Euromaidan protests.
Student Combines Internships and Study Abroad to Enhance Academic Career
Justin Lo is a sophomore majoring in political science. A Chancellor's Leadership Scholar, Justin has held several internships, is active in campus groups and sings in gospel choirs. He plans to study abroad at the University of Seoul in Spring 2016, and envisions a career in law.
Our alumni are leaders in their communities – in North Carolina and around the world. They innovate, serve and work tirelessly for important causes. Learn about our graduates and imagine the kind of impact you can have.
Recent Grad Advocates for Justice Abroad
For Ashley Honeycutt (Political Science, '12), a degree in political science was always a part of the trajectory of law school. But her experiences in SPIA and with the Susan Carter Scholarship inspired some changes in course. Honeycutt worked with the International Justice Mission in La Paz, Bolivia, where she drew on the knowledge and experiences she gained at NC State as she advocated for justice for the impoverished.
Alumna leading the fight to preserve the USS North Carolina
Alumna Sandra Ray is honoring the military by helping to preserve one of its landmarks. Earlier this year, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory appointed her as chair of the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission. The group oversees the administration and operation of the historic battleship, which has been a permanent World War II memorial in North Carolina since 1962.