About CCPA

Inspiring passion through learning and work

Binghamton University’s College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs for students interested in careers related to social justice, social work, education, public administration, government and human development. Learn more about our academic programs, degrees and departments

Our curriculum is designed to help students connect classroom materials to real-world experiences in order to make a true impact. All of our bachelors and masters students are required to complete at least one internship while studying here, which accounts for more than 50,000 hours of service annually. By mirroring what is taught in the classroom to what students experience working in the field, our programs ensure students gain the job and leadership skills necessary for successful careers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Students’ commitment to service helps the college achieve a unified mission of positively impacting individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations from interdisciplinary and global perspectives.

Community as classroom

The college has strong connections with local school systems, colleges and universities, healthcare agencies, government organizations, nonprofits and businesses. Our location in the University’s Downtown campus allows students to easily access these partners.

Our Philanthropy Incubator provides students with grant funding, which they determine how to distribute monies to local nonprofit organizations as part of their coursework. It’s a hallmark example of the college’s innovative approach to fostering real world student-community engagement.

Catalysts for change

Graduates work in healthcare, law, education, government, social services, public administration and business; many also earn advanced degrees in these fields. Our alumni base includes a range of professions including policy analysts, nonprofit directors, clinical social workers, physicians, higher-education professionals, teachers and public service lawyers.

Nationally and globally recognized organizations —like Teach for America, the Peace Corps, Save the Children and the United Nations — have hired CCPA graduates directly after earning their degrees. Our alumni living and working around the globe facilitates strong professional ties between current students and graduates.

The strong alumni network including many in upstate New York has helped to strengthen the college’s local connections with a broad array of organizations such as UHS, United Way of Broome County and the Family & Children’s Society, as well as school systems and government offices in the region.

Interdisciplinary scholarship

Our faculty are dedicated to meeting the needs of communities across the globe. With a focus on applied research, professors work locally and abroad, implementing an interdisciplinary perspective to address society’s most pressing challenges. Learn more about their research areas, and how you can collaborate with us. 

Global engagement

Through international service experiences, our students enrich their global competencies, and bring what they learn abroad back to their home communities.  Our school addresses issues that are relevant to society at large.  The college is deeply engaged with international partners and institutions in nations like China, Colombia, Peru, Turkey, Malawi and South Africa.