Welcome to the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL) at Binghamton University.
The study of the law should be introduced as part of a liberal education, to train and enrich the mind . . . I am convinced that, like history, economics and metaphysics - and perhaps even to a greater degree than these - the law could be advantageously studied with a view to the general development of the mind.
- Justice Louis Brandeis
Law’s influence on our lives is pervasive. It limits and protects us, from before our birth until after we are long dead. Law shapes our lives in every respect: economic, personal, professional and political. To study law seriously, in all its facets, leads far beyond the narrow confines of legal cases to perennial questions of law’s origins, operation and justification. Its study respects no disciplinary boundaries; law must be viewed from many different vantage points. Philosophy, Politics and Law (PPL) is an interdisciplinary BA program designed for both liberal arts and students interested in law school. Though many enter law school, other majors go on to graduate school or pursue professional careers in teaching, business, or government. Courses for the major, selected for their content, include classes in philosophy, political science and history, along with selected cognate courses from other areas. Students are thus able to tailor the major to suit their own interests and needs.