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Welcome to SPEA!
Indiana University founded the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) nearly 40 years ago to prepare students to address the issues of modern society in ways that more traditional schools overlooked. At SPEA, people learn how to work in government, nonprofit and business roles to make positive changes in their communities, their states, their countries and the world.
SPEA graduates lead the organizations that make and enforce laws, keep communities livable and safe, shape smart public policy, protect the planet and help our fellow citizens. Through the combined study of civic leadership, management, policy studies, media and public affairs, criminal justice and public safety, SPEA students develop both the practical and philosophical skills that prepare them to develop solutions to society's problems.
SPEA is located on the busy IUPUI campus in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. For students learning how to make a difference in business, government and nonprofit organizations, what better place to study than a major city where such organizations are headquartered? IUPUI is just a short walk or ride from bustling city, state and federal government centers as well as hundreds of corporations and nonprofit organizations. Internships, mentors and active learning opportunities are right around the corner. Well-connected to these institutions, SPEA's faculty members are recognized for their credentials, experience, involvement and impact worldwide. With the entire Central Indiana community as their learning lab, SPEA students have unmatched access to the people and places where change happens first.
At SPEA, we believe a better world starts with you.