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The Division of Public and Environmental Affairs is a multidisciplinary division of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). SPEA is organized as a professional school, committed to teaching, research, and service. SPEA at IPFW offers a Bachelor of Science program that provides a sound general education combined with specialized study. Additionally, SPEA offers minors in criminal justice and public affairs. SPEA’s multidisciplinary faculty and curriculum address environmental, health, public policy, and management issues from a variety of perspectives.
The academic programs in the division are listed below. Requirements for these programs appear in Part 4 of this Bulletin.
Public Affairs: Criminal Justice
Public Affairs: Environmental Policy
Public Affairs: Health Services Administration
Pubic Affairs: Legal Studies
Public Affairs: Public Management
Public Affairs: Specialized Study
Risk and Emergency Management
Admission to SPEA requires sophomore standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.30, and completion of ENG W131, the required mathematics and computer science course(s), and the specific SPEA core course for the major. However, you may enter into the school as a pre-SPEA student as early as your freshman year. You must be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher, core/concentration/major GPA of 2.30 or higher) to qualify for an internship and to graduate.
Special Academic Regulation for Students in Public and Environmental Affairs
Requirements for the undergraduate degree should be completed within 10 years of admission to SPEA. You may transfer no more than 88 credit hours (60 credits from a junior college) toward a Bachelor of Science. A maximum of 10 credits will be awarded on the basis of military training toward any degree from SPEA. With prior approval, you may take three courses totaling no more than 10 credit hours by correspondence through the IU Division of Extended Studies, Independent Study Program. However, you cannot satisfy a core, concentration, or major requirement by correspondence.
Good Standing in SPEA requires that you maintain a minimum semester and cumulative GPA of 2.00 and a minimum core/concentration GPA of 2.30. Therefore, you will be placed on academic probation if your semester, cumulative, or core/concentration GPA at the end of any regular semester is lower than these minimum standards. Once on probation, you may be dismissed from SPEA if you fail to make significant progress toward good standing or if you fail to meet the minimum IPFW standards listed in Part 7 of this Bulletin.
As a SPEA major, you may earn a maximum of 12 hours of elective credit during your junior and senior years through the SPEA internship program, if you are in good standing and have obtained prior SPEA faculty approval. Internships are strongly encouraged because they give you the opportunity to apply classroom theory and techniques to the real world and to network with professionals in your career field. The program is designed for maximum flexibility so that many valid learning experiences can qualify as internships. Internships can be full or part time, paid or unpaid, credit or noncredit. Interested students should contact their academic advisor at the SPEA office for further information about internships.
Special Opportunities for Students in Public and Environmental Affairs
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs offers opportunities to study in Washington, D.C., through the Washington Leadership Program, as well as opportunities to study abroad through programs in The Netherlands and Australia. You should contact the SPEA office for current information about these programs.
The Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) is a competitive program for outstanding undergraduate SPEA students. If you have a GPA of 3.50 or higher, you may apply to the Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) program early in your junior year. This program allows you to fulfill up to 24 credit hours toward the M.P.A. or 18 credit hours toward the M.P.M. by taking graduate-level SPEA courses during your senior year that count toward both your undergraduate and graduate degree programs.