The School of Public and International Affairs
(SPIA) at Virginia Tech
fosters interdisciplinary initiatives, by building cooperative arrangements among units within the School and University, and by partnering with organizations external to the university.
The School's goal is to focus Virginia Tech
’s expertise in government, public administration, international affairs, planning, public policy, and urban affairs to help individuals and communities across the world understand their most critical problems and most promising solutions.
The School of Public and International Affairs was approved by the Virginia Tech
Board of Visitors in 1996 as a collaboration of five departments and programs in two colleges to develop interdisciplinary instruction, research and outreach initiatives related to public policy, planning, and administration and globalization and international development.
Departments in the :
Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS):
- Political Science,
- International Studies,
- Science and Technology Studies (joined in 2000)
- Agricultural and Applied Economics (joined in 2000).
The following instructional programs are offered at SPIA:
- undergraduate specializations shared by several majors,
- the Washington Semester program,
- the London Semester program,
- SPIA-designated undergraduate and graduate courses, and cross-listed courses.