Portland-State-University 2023-2024 Bulletin

College of Urban and Public Affairs

Shawn Smallman, Ph.D., Interim Dean

Laura J. Hickman, Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean

Gil Miller, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration
750 Urban Center, 503-725-4043


The College of Urban and Public Affairs joins the disciplines of urban studies, public administration, criminology & criminal justice, economics, and politics and global affairs under one roof. Just outside the doors of the Urban Center—in one of the nation’s most innovative urban regions—our students and faculty fuse theory and practice into solutions for the common good. Our students and faculty collaborate with community organizations, imagine original solutions, and implement them in real-time. Upon graduation, our students are equipped to improve the livability of their communities.


In a state where land-use planning, transportation, environmental aspects of urban growth, community policing, low-income housing, solid waste recycling, and community engagement are a model for the nation, our urban location provides the perfect applied laboratory for the college's groundbreaking work.


Mark O. Hatfield School of Government


The Mark O. Hatfield School of Government is one of the well-known public policy schools in the country. It includes the Department of Politics and Global Affairs, and Public Administration. Our nationally-ranked programs in public administration, nonprofit management and political science help prepare students to improve the way we govern and lead. Faculty and students of the Hatfield School are involved in an impressive range of community collaborations around public policy and administration, and civic leadership.


Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning


The Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning is the nation's oldest continuously operating instructional program in urban studies. Graduates can be found in public, private, and nonprofit planning offices throughout North America and around the globe. The mission of the school is to assist in the development of healthy communities through an interdisciplinary program of teaching, research, and public service.


Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice


The Criminology & Criminal Justice Department brings together students and faculty who are interested in a) studying the causes, prevention, and control of criminal behavior and b) promoting efficiency, effectiveness, and equity at all levels of the criminal justice system. The department offers a bachelor’s degree, minor, post baccalaureate certificate and master’s degree. Each program is designed to equip students with career-relevant skills for lifelong professional success and the practical tools needed for helping to improve and reform the criminal justice system.

Department of Economics


The mission of the Department of Economics is to provide high-quality graduate and undergraduate education while generating top-notch applied and theoretical research that garners national recognition within a supportive academic community. The department offers a wide range of courses and a variety of academic degrees, including bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree, and a four-course Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. The department also sponsors year-round seminars for students that address crucial policy-oriented and theoretical topics.


Department of Politics and Global Affairs

The Department of Politics and Global Affairs is dedicated to understanding the nature of power and governance, and to addressing global concerns such as social justice, human rights, war and peace, development, environmental protection, inequality, health, labor rights and poverty alleviation. Our BA/BS and MS degrees in Political Science offer students the opportunity to learn more about American politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory, and to specialize in several subfields such as law, public service, international development, campaign management, and women’s leadership. Our BA/BS in International and Global Studies enables students to gain expertise about the politics, economics, culture, history and societies across many of the world’s countries and regions, and offers specializations in International Development Studies and Global Studies. All of our programs emphasize experiential learning, internships, and interdisciplinary collaboration, and seek to foster innovation and societal impact through research, teaching, and community engagement.

Department of Public Administration

The Public Administration Department is home to ten multidisciplinary programs designed to equip current and future leaders in addressing contemporary social issues in the public sector, nonprofit sphere, health care administration, and beyond. Our faculty and community of instructors offer decades of wisdom gleaned from both studying and applying theory. This wisdom is continuously being practiced and refined, as faculty members and instructors remain actively engaged in scholarship, service, and practice. Our Department provides education and professional development, engages in applied research and consulting with public sector partners, and leverages the scope of these activities through publication.

Graduate Certificates

  • Certificate in Applied Social Demography
  • Graduate Certificate in Affordable Housing Development
  • Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Governance
  • Graduate Certificate in Econometrics and Data Analysis
  • Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Community Resilience
  • Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Public Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development
  • Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems
  • Graduate Certificate in Transportation
  • Graduate Certificate in Urban Design


Undergraduate Certificates

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • Global Studies Certificate
  • International Development Certificate
  • Middle East Studies Certificate
  • Campaigning to Win a U.S. Political Campaign
  • Women's Leadership
  • Institutional Economics


Non-Credit Certificates

  • Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising
  • Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Program Evaluation
  • Certificate in Tribal Relations



  • Minor in Civic Leadership
  • Minor in Community Development
  • Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Minor in Law and Legal Studies
  • Minor in Political Science
  • Minor in International & Global Studies
  • Minor in Economics
  • Minor in International Economics
  • Minor in Political Economy
  • Minor in Sustainable Urban Development


Bachelor Degrees

  • B.A., B.S.—Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • B.A., B.S.—Community Development
  • B.A., B.S.—Political Science
  • B.A., B.S.—Political Science: International Development
  • B.A., B.S.—Political Science: Public Service
  • B.A., B.S.—Urban and Public Affairs
  • B.A., B.S.—Economics
  • B.A., B.S.—Business Economics
  • B.S.—Quantitative Economics
  • B.A.—International & Global Studies- Asia (not accepting new admission to this concentration)
  • B.A.—International & Global Studies- Latin America (not accepting new admission to this concentration)
  • B.A., B.S.—International & Global Studies- International Development Studies
  • B.A., B.S.—International & Global Studies-Global Studies
  • Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program: B.S.—Quantitative Economics and M.S. in Economics


Graduate Degrees

  • M.S.—Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • M.A., M.S.—Economics
  • M.S.—Emergency Management and Community Resilience
  • M.S.—Real Estate
  • E.M.P.A.—Executive Master of Public Administration
  • M.P.A.—Nonprofit Management
  • M.P.A.—Natural Resource Policy and Administration
  • M.P.A.—Local Government
  • M.P.A.—Global Leadership and Management
  • M.P.A.—Human Resource Management
  • M.P.A.—Health Management and Policy
  • M.P.A.—Health Administration (Admission suspended)
  • M.P.P.—Master of Public Policy
  • M.R.E.D.—Master of Real Estate Development
  • M.S.—Political Science
  • M.U.R.P.—Master of Urban and Regional Planning
  • M.U.S.—Master of Urban Studies (Not accepting new students)
  • Ph.D.—Public Affairs and Policy
  • Ph.D.—Urban Studies, Urban Studies: Regional Science (Not accepting new students)