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Meredith Wade

"While completing my coursework for the SPEA program at IUPUI, I have built a personal and professional network that will last a lifetime. The SPEA  program has prepared me to confidently pursue a broad range of opportunities that will make a meaningful impact on the greater good, no matter where I am."

Meredith Wade
Media + Public Affairs, BSPA ’16

Media + Public Affairs

Do you

  • Use social media to promote causes or businesses?
  • Volunteer for political campaigns?
  • Work on your school’s newspaper or yearbook?
  • Want to help people understand laws and government?
  • Want to make businesses more socially responsible?
  • Want to champion a nonprofit organization’s work?

Majoring in Media and Public Affairs may be a good choice for you.

This SPEA major, believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S., teaches students when and how to deploy traditional and new media tools to achieve the goals of their communities, nonprofit organizations or businesses. Classes are an interdisciplinary mix of public affairs (such as government finance and budget; political action and civic engagement), journalism (public relations; visual communications), political science (voting and elections; modern political thought), informatics and liberal arts.

Complete list of requirements for the Media and Public Affairs major: degree planning sheet.

Media and Public Affairs sample careers

  • Public information officer
  • Press secretary
  • Government affairs liaison for private or nonprofit organizations
  • Communications manager
  • Public administrator at the local, state and federal level
  • Lobbyist
  • Trade organization representative
  • Reporter