School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement (PACE)

PACE is a collaborative interdisciplinary unit of public affairs oriented scholars that delivers degree programs in Environmental Studies, Gerontology, Public Administration, and Urban Studies and Planning. Students in these programs are immersed in a problem-oriented learning environment that extends beyond the classroom and into the community, the public arena, and the world.

Criminal Justice Studies Program

Positioned within a rich urban atmosphere, the multidisciplinary Criminal Justice Studies Program explores the connections between law, crime and justice. The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking about criminal justice systems, the administration of justice, legal studies, and the political economy. It includes a culminating field experience for majors and minors.

Environmental Studies Program

Our program draws upon the environmental leadership of the San Francisco Bay region, the strong campus commitment to social justice, and active campus sustainability efforts. Environmental Studies is a field that crosses the boundaries of traditional disciplines, challenging faculty and students to look at environmental issues from a variety of perspectives.

Gerontology Program

The Gerontology Program is a free-standing interdisciplinary and professional graduate degree. This applied gerontology degree program is designed for students preparing for a career in the field of aging or in a related human service field.


Public Administration Program

Housed in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement (PACE) in the College of Health & Social Sciences, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program offers students the opportunity to earn their MPA by taking a mix of in-person and hybrid courses in the heart of downtown San Francisco. The MPA Program is nationally accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, & Administration (NASPAA).

Urban Studies & Planning Program

The USP program offers courses that lead to a B.A. degree in Urban Studies and Planning and a Minor in Urban Studies and Planning. Here you will find information about the curriculum, advising, faculty, student work, and more.