The bachelor of science in public affairs (BSPA)Page title

Prepares students to analyze problems and effectively solve issues with the principle goal of enhancing all aspects of public life.

Baruch College emphasizes the importance of civic engagement, community leadership, and the professional development of current and future public service leaders. The college follows the tradition of its namesake, Bernard M. Baruch, a public servant who advised seven U.S. presidents.

Public Affairs is a unique degree within the city that cultivates passion and prepares individuals to tackle social justice issues and uplift our communities both domestically and internationally. The College and School acknowledge its significance. As a result, there has been a commitment to serve more individuals focused on public service.

The program is interdisciplinary, which means that many diverse fields are studied. With this degree students develop a strong, marketable foundation that is flexible across the various sectors – public, nonprofit, and even private.

What does Public Affairs mean to you?

"I am majoring in Public Affairs to learn how to make positive, effective changes in people's lives through the public sector's various forms of service delivery as well as countless nonprofit organizations." (T. Duclosel, BSPA 2018).

For me, Public Affairs is the epitome of working for public good...it's the canal through which future generations will be able to make positive changes and thus help our societies move forward. I think about Public Affairs as something more meaningful than a major or even a career path; it's a passion." (O. Kante, BSPA, 2019)

Advisement: Every BSPA student’s path is distinctive. Our team works closely with each in defining their career goals and helping them select the courses that meet their interests.

Honor Society: High-achieving BSPA students are eligible for induction to Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society in public affairs and administration.

BSPA Internships: In addition to the curriculum, BSPA students apply their knowledge through experiential learning.  Several credit-bearing internship courses are offered that allow students to become immersed in real-world opportunities that create building blocks to the careers they are seeking. Students have the opportunity to work at the local, state, and national level, as well as within a myriad of nonprofit organizations. Review Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs internships for more information or contact MSPIA.baruch.cuny.edu.