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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 17, 2014
    A column written by David Adler, director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy and the Cecil D. Andrus professor of public affairs, was published in the Idaho Statesman. Titled “It’s up to Congress to act on global warming,” it discusses …
  • Student Fundraiser Helps Kids Make Healthy Food Choices April 17, 2014
    Getting kids to choose veggies over junk food has always been a challenge. In a world awash in unhealthy food choices, it has become critical. To help, a group of students in Justin Vaughn’s Foundational Studies 200 course decided to …

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.