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College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs


Boise State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs is the lead institution in the state of Idaho for providing education and scholarship in Public Affairs and Social Sciences. Browse our programs and departments, or discover how giving to SSPA can make a difference.

Educating students for engaged citizenship.

Addressing local problems from a global perspective.

Learning from our past to inform our future.

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  • Space Broncos Host Q&A with Space Station May 6 April 16, 2014
    The symposium will include a live Q & A session with three astronauts, including Boise State Professor of the Practice Steve Swanson.
  • Winter Olympic Athletes to Participate in #SocialinSochi April 15, 2014
    U.S. Olympic bobsledder Nick Cunningham, downhill skier Erik Fisher and biathlete Sara Studebaker have been confirmed as guests for CommCon 2014’s keynote event, #SocialinSochi, on Thursday, May 1. The event features 2014 Winter Olympians with Idaho ties discussing the role …

Upcoming Events

  • April 17, 2014
    • Family Studies Annual Spring Conference
      8:30 am - 2:00 pm, April 17, 2014
      Location: Student Union Building – Jordan Ballroom
      Description: The Family Studies program, through its focus on family needs and human development, is uniquely positioned to provide an organizing umbrella to connect community organizations and the university, as we work towards improving family life and child outcomes in Idaho.

      More info: http://sspa.boisestate.edu/familystudies/annual-spring-conference/
  • April 24, 2014
    • Interdisciplinary Explorations – The Idea of Nature
      6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, April 24, 2014
      Location: Student Union Simplot Ballroom
      Description: The third annual public lecture series titled “Interdisciplinary Explorations – The Idea of Nature” wraps up April 24 with “Getting to the Roots of the Matter: Trees in 19th Century Literature” by Susan Oliver, Reader of English Literature at the University of Essex, England.

      More info: http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2014/04/01/nature-lecture-april-24-takes-trees-literature/
  • May 1, 2014
    • CommCon 2014
      12:00 am - 12:00 am, May 1, 2014
      Description: CommCon 2014 is a student-produced communication convention hosted by the Department of Communication at Boise State University. It provides an opportunity for organizations, professionals, educators, students, and the Boise community to celebrate the field of communication, explore the industry, and bridge the gap between students and professionals.

      Event Homepage: http://sspa.boisestate.edu/communication/commcon/