Prospective Students and Family

See yourself in the College of Public Policy

If you want to make your community and world a better place, our Criminal Justice and Public Administration majors/minors are for you.

Do you see yourself here?

  • You’ve always wanted to work in law enforcement, whether at the local police level or the FBI.
  • You think about why some neighborhoods have better streets, sidewalks, and schools than others.
  • You’re interested in using data to help solve community problems.
  • You love the idea of working for a nonprofit agency to tackle social or environmental concerns.
  • You want a secure public sector job, with good benefits and a steady route to salary increases and promotions.

Why Choose UTSA Public Policy?  Read more about what makes us unique.

Our newest program, the Minor in Civic Engagement, offers students an understanding of civic participation. Students develop skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking skills to solve real world problems and prepare them for success in any industry they choose. Learn more.

Meet our Alumni

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Asaiah Puente, ’17

Bachelor of Public Administration

Minor in Nonprofit Management

Certificate in Equity and Inclusion

Executive Assistant/Development Associate for the Arts Council of Fort Worth

“My main roles in my position consist of donor relations, grant program development and gifts processing. The COPP program shaped my future with their amazing professors. I wasn’t just taught from a textbook; I was taught from the valuable experiences my professors had in the nonprofit sector and I was able to apply that knowledge to my career.”



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Valeria Sandoval, ’17

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

U.S. Probation Officer Assistant

“Being a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, provided me the opportunity to study abroad, intern at the federal level and pave the way for my current career. As U.S. Probation Officers, we assist the federal courts in the fair administration of justice, protect the community and assist offenders in successfully reintegrating back into society.”




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Dieter Cantu, ’15

Bachelor of Public Administration

Minor in Nonprofit Management

Lead Criminal Justice Organizer for the Texas Organizing Project, Harris County Office, Houston, Texas

“As the Lead Criminal Justice Organizer for Texas Organizing Project, I work on reforming the bail system, implementing cite and release, ending debtor’s prison, and advocating for police accountability and youth justice.”



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Phone: (210) 458-2530