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College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs


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

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

January 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Multipurpose Building Rm. 210
Join us for monthly bipartisan workshops on Thursday evenings where local experts from Idaho’s political community will discuss the tricks of their trade. Each workshop reviews a different critical skill, such as how to manage messaging and fundraising.

Campaigns & Political Communication, featuring some of Idaho’s top political strategists and consultants from both sides of the aisle: Dan DeLuca, Dean Ferguson, Doug Taylor, and Maria Weeg.
February 5, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Boise City Hall, Council Chambers, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise ID
Steve Shaw. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 5.
February 11, 2015 at 11:30 am
Boise State Downtown, 301 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
John Pepper is co-founder of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, one of the nation’s most successful mentoring and tutoring organizations. Pepper spent a 40 year career at Proctor & Gamble, including CEO and Chairman of the Board. He identified himself as a "Capitalist for Preschool" in a March 2013 NY Times editorial. RSVP: or 208-426-3784. Free, with optional lunch ($)

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