So, I'm studying environmental management in the School of Public of Environmental Affairs (SPEA). If you're thinking about changing majors or exploring them for the first time, here are my top reasons to check out SPEA in the coming school year.
1) Outrageous opportunities-- There is no other school like SPEA, offering a mix of public, private, and nonprofit studies, a variety of unique majors dealing with arts, health, policy, the environment, finance, and more, and a remarkable host of professors and faculty. SPEA has study abroad programs and boasts a internship program that allows students to work and live in Washington D.C (WLP). SPEA also has an honors program and an accelerated masters program (AMP) that allows undergrads to enter grad school after only three years of undergrad studies.
2) The perfect place to study-- SPEA's beautiful building and courtyard provide plenty of nooks and crannys for a study session or a study break. There are four floors, designed in tiers, all facing a central staircase. The interior mirrors a tree, with bark-like walls and green staircase railings. The central staircase and its branching halls are filled with comfortable chairs and sets of tables in both busy and more quiet locations. The courtyard is a good place to sit for a snack and also a quick shortcut to the Wells library and the Arboretum.
3) Relevant classes-- SPEA classes are applicable to our daily lives, so even if you're not a SPEA major, it's a good idea to take a SPEA class. Classes cover a wide range of topics, anywhere from law to science to budgets and finance to internship preparation to changing, special topics. The SPEA ciriculum also mandates introductions to economics, government, professional writing, computers, and more.
4) Awesome student resources-- SPEA has a great group of advisors, as well as a career services center that will help you find internships and jobs and talk you through your career plans. There are plenty of computers to use and a whole library to explore; the library is another notable study spot. Online resources link students to prospective employers and can help students search for their ideal programs and internships. The SPEA cafe is a bonus as well.
5) A great location-- SPEA is ideally-suited for those living/travelling in the central and northwest parts of campus. SPEA is connected to the undergraduate side of the Kelley School of Business and is also on the same street as the Wells Library, the arboretum, the psychology building, Informatics, and geology. A walk to Ballantine, the IMU, or the Auditorium are all only about ten minutes from SPEA.
Stop by sometime!