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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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  • North Korea and Human Rights Focus of Film Fest April 24, 2014
    As a public policy capstone project, Arius Derr is hosting JAYU: The North Korean Human Rights Film Festival on April 29 in the Special Events Center. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and all films are free. 2 p.m.: “Abduction: The …
  • Heidi Reeder April 24, 2014
    Struggling with a commitment or having a hard time achieving your goals? Heidi Reeder, associate professor of communication, maps out five ways you can stay on track. Her ideas are featured in an article in the May issue of Health …

Upcoming Events

  • 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.

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    • Fettuccine Forum Panel: Women in Wine: Female Entrepreneurs in the Wine Industry
      5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, May 1, 2014
      Location: The Rose Room, Union Block, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise
      Description: Moderated by Moya Shatz Dolsby. Doors open at 5. More info: