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Watts College features some of the best degree programs in the nation. Students take classes through the #5 School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, #14 School of Public Affairs, and #25 School of Social Work. Thought leaders and professionals with a diverse set of skills at the intersection of public policy, public service and community development are in great demand. Watts College is perfectly positioned to prepare you to enter or advance your career in the nonprofit, governmental or private sectors.
At ASU’s Watts College, you'll learn how to succeed and grow, both inside and outside the classroom. This comes from exceptional opportunities to pursue knowledge and conduct use-inspired research at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It comes from a vibrant and enriching campus life that provides meaningful opportunities to get involved, make a difference and become a leader.
Meet the most eclectic student body you’ll find anywhere; individuals who are not waiting to graduate to make a difference. As part of the Community Solutions Co-op, students partner together with faculty and community partners to work collaboratively to effect change. In fact, year after year, our honors students are nominated for Barrett Honors Outstanding Graduate of the Year. Finally, our college produces ASU’s highest percentages of minority, transfer and working students, and the largest community of first generation college students.
Watts College faculty are among the top in their fields, teaching through practical experience and research expertise. They are respected by peers, especially through their connections to government, nonprofits and the public sector. They are admired for their research accomplishments in health, sustainability, criminal justice, policy design, recreation and so much more.
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is accessible, offering classes and degree programs in downtown Phoenix, the 5th largest city in the United States and Arizona’s political hub, at ASU's West Campus, and in cities across the state such as Tucson, Lake Havasu and Yuma. These different regions of the state provide an ideal learning laboratory for the college’s groundbreaking work in community support, tourism, public affairs, urban planning, and civic engagement along with diverse internship, career, and research possibilities.
As a student in Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, you are involved right away in a dynamic and creative environment unlike anything you’ve experienced. An educational experience that focuses on discovery and personal growth, as well as preparing for service to society thrives through internships, optional study abroad trips focusing on your degree and area of interest, research involving presentation and publication, and so much more.