BSPA courses examine how the public sector, along with the nonprofit and private sectors, use the policy process to effect change. Course offerings are flexible with options in-person, hybrid, and online. A majority of classes are small with 20-25 students and all are taught by accomplished scholars with doctorate degrees from major universities, as well as, practitioners with current and previous leadership roles in the field.
The BSPA requires 120 credits: a minimum of 30 public affairs credits and another 90 credits from the CUNY Pathways general education curriculum. In the Pathways curriculum, the recommended college option for BSPA students is a liberal arts minor. BSPA students are not eligible to double major.
The curriculum provides:
- Proficiency in analysis, negotiation, rhetoric, as well as, qualitative and quantitative methods
- Courses that specialize in areas of interest including community development, education, environmental sustainability, health care, housing, immigration, and social welfare
- Tools and knowledge to effectively lead, understand policy, and communicate while implementing practical solutions to challenging issues