If you are looking to a make a difference, you’ve come to the right place.

Join the College of Public Affairs and Community Service where it is our mission to strengthen communities through education, scholarship and engagement. With seven academic departments and several centers, institutes and professional programs, PACS is transforming the quality of life and becoming the “go-to” resource for community issues in Texas. Students from our college are prepared for a variety of careers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Our alumni can be found working in a wide range of settings such as, Federal Emergency Management Administration, Child Protective Services, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, U.S. Department of State, Peace Corps, Texas Youth Commission and many others.

Bold Ideas and Big Changes

The College of Public Affairs & Community Service (PACS) has a long history of social entrepreneurship and community outreach. In fact, PACS grew from these ideals with a mission focused on providing students opportunities to strengthen community through their educational experiences.

Our hope is that you will use this high-impact fund to develop and implement bold ideas that strengthen and transform communities.

Learn how you can make an impact!


Nicholas and Anna Ricco Ethics Awards

Congratulations to PACS 2014 Ricco Ethics Award First Place Winner: 

Olivia Nielsen - Behavior Analysis

Read her winning entry

The $1000 award was created to promote intellectual debate and discussion on ethics as related to the the College of Public Affairs & Community Service academic fields of study. 

The Ricco Awards are presented each year and the application process will reopen in Fall 2014.  


Dr. Daniel Stewart a PACS Criminal Justice faculty member studied terrorism issues this summer in academic fellowship

Our very own Dr. Daniel Stewart, Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, was accepted as a 2013-14 Academic Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington D.C.  Dr. Stewart is a great asset to the FDD program and upon his return will continue to be a beneficial resource to UNT on terrorism issues in the Middle East.  To learn more about this prestigious opportunity he had this summer...