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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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  • David Adler April 22, 2014
    An opinion piece written by David Adler, director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy, was cited in a column in the Jewish Journal titled “Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital, with or without Supreme Court Recognition.” The article discusses the limits …
  • Justin Vaughn April 22, 2014
    Justin S. Vaughn, Department of Political Science, is a co-recipient of the 2014 Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Anthology, Multi-Authored or Edited Book in Feminist Studies for the book “Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics.” …

Upcoming Events

  • 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/
  • April 29, 2014
    • The North Korean Human Rights Film Festival
      1:30 pm - 9:00 pm, April 29, 2014
      Location: Special Events Center
      Description: Doors at 1:30.
  • 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/