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College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs


Boise State University’s School of Public Service will launch Fall 2015. Learn more at

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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Upcoming Events

October 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm
English Department Conference Room, Liberal Arts Building 208A
Officially organized in 1985, the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) boasted roughly 8,000 members and dozens of local chapters by the early 1990s. Intersecting with a constellation of western dance groups, urban cowboy bars, and gay pride events, gay rodeoers created an extensive network of joyous occasions.

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October 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Boise State University, Micron Business and Economics Building 2241
You’re invited to a series of brown bag lunches with candidates in this fall’s general election being held on November 4. Every Wednesday and a few other days, Candidates will come to campus to sit down with students and answer your questions. This event is free and open to all students! All events start at 12 noon!

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October 28, 2014 at 7:30 am
The Riverside Hotel, 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Boise, ID, United States
Annual summit from the IDaho Hunger Relief Taskforce, featuring Dr. Janey Thornton
Deputy Under Secretary for USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services and Hattie Kauffman, Nez Perce author and journalist. More info: ($)
October 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Student Union Jordan Ballroom
Marcus Peacock has held a number of high Federal posts including the Deputy Administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy, and Science at the Office of Management and Budget. From 2011 until June of 2013 he served as the minority staff director for the US Senate Committee on the Budget. Marcus is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Regulatory Studies Center at George Washington University.

He is an expert on federal budgeting, government performance systems, and energy and environmental issues.

For more information, please call (208) 426-5707.

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