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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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  • Eric Lindquist April 18, 2014
    Eric Lindquist, Director of the Public Policy Research Center, recently presented a flash talk at the 2014 Global Land Project Open Science Meeting, in Berlin, Germany. The talk, titled “Climate change adaptation and the changing context for resource management and …
  • Unique Online Victim Services Grad Certificate Approved April 17, 2014
    The first of its kind in the western United States, the program received State Board of Education approval today and will begin in fall 2014.

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/