If you are looking to make a change in the world the John Glenn College of Public Affairs’ Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs is a great place to start. Our curriculum will give you the skills to work in government, nonprofit organizations or any place where analysis and leadership are needed. The small size of the Glenn College, relative to other colleges at The Ohio State University, offers a close-knit academic community. We provide a level of access to faculty and staff that greatly exceeds student expectations.

Prospective Students

Prospective freshman and transfer students can apply to Ohio State directly as Public Affairs majors. As long as they are admissible to the University, they will be admitted to the Glenn College. For more information about the Ohio State application, and undergraduate admissions processes please visit undergrad.osu.edu.

Incoming freshmen also have the opportunity to participate in the John Glenn Civic Leadership Community and live with other students interested in service and policy.

Future students and their families can schedule a visit to the John Glenn College as a part of The Ohio State University admissions process. Register for a campus visit on the OSU Campus Visit website, and select "Public Affairs" under "Academic Interest."

Prospective students can also schedule individualized visits by emailing Chris Adams at adams.615@osu.edu. When emailing to schedule a visit, please answer the following questions in your email body:

  1. When would be an ideal day/time for your visit (please give multiple options)?
  2. What is the purpose of your visit?
  3. What are your policy or research interests? (this can be broad and you can list as many as you like)
  4. Which of the following activities interests you? (we will do our best to accommodate)
  • Meeting to discuss admissions/academics
  • Meeting with Career Services
  • Sitting in on a class
  • Interacting with current students
  • Meeting faculty
  • Other: _______________________

Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs booklet

Glenn College Student Programs

Columbus State's Preferred Pathways program

Current Ohio State Students

Any Ohio State student in good standing can declare either major at any time. To declare the major, please call 614-292-8696 to make an appointment with a member of our advising staff.

If you are considering this major we also recommending taking Public Affairs 2110, Introduction to Public Affairs, to find out more about the field. This class is offered every term and counts as a Social Science General Education course at most colleges. Coursework in American Government, Microeconomics and Statistics is also encouraged. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science are required to complete Math 1151, Statistics 1450 or equivalent and an additional lab science course.

Career Services

Double Majors

The Glenn College encourages students to consider pursuing double majors. Public Affairs is a diverse field that pairs well with many different programs on campus and adding a second major can be a great way to enrich your curriculum through policy studies. Most double major programs can be completed without adding significant time to degree.

Please see an advisor
for more information.

Double Major Information

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