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College of Social Science and Public Affairs (1984-2015)

College of Social Science and Public Affairs (1984-2015)

In 1984, the School of Social Sciences and Public Affairs (SSPA) was established when the State Board of Education designated the social sciences and public affairs as an emphasis at Boise State. SSPA officially started in Fall 1986, and the original departments were: Communication, History, Military Science, Political Science, Social Work, and Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Administration. The departments within the college were divided in 2015 between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Service.


brochure for School of Social Science and Public AffairsRobert C. Sims, 1986-1995
Warren Vinz, (Interim) 1995-1996
Jane C. Ollenburger, 1996-2001
Suzanne McCorkle, (Interim) 2001-2002
Michael Blankenship, 2002-2007
Shelton Woods, (Interim) 2007-2008
Melissa Lavitt, 2008-2013
Shelton Woods, (Interim) 2013-2015


Criminal Justice
Military Science – R.O.T.C.
Psychology (joined in 1991)
Political Science
Public Policy and Administration
Social Work

Certificates and special programs

Canadian Studies
Classical Languages
Dispute Resolution
Legal Assistance
Mexican-American studies
Multi-ethnic studies
Native American studies
Women Studies


Canada Days
Frank Church Conference on Public Affairs
Fettuccine Forum
HersWest, Women’s History Month
Idaho Center for History and Politics
Martin Luther King Jr./Human Rights Celebration
Sexual Assault Awareness Week
Victim’s Right Week

University Catalogs

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