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Bachelor's Degree Requirements

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Student must take a total of 12 courses to fulfill the requirements for the major. Four courses must be in Philosophy (146; either 147, 148, or 149; 345; and either 455, 456, 457 or 458 of any letter/title); two Political Science courses from list B, at least one of which is an upper-level class; and any two History courses from list C. The remaining four courses may be selected from among all the classes listed under Philosophy, Political Science, History or Cognates. At least half of the courses must be 300 level or above

  1. Philosophy Required:
    PHIL 146 Law and Justice
    PHIL 147 Markets, Ethics and Law or PHIL 148 Medical Ethics or PHIL 149 Environmental Ethics and Policy
    PHIL 345 Philosophy of Law
    PHIL 455 Advanced Philosophy of Law or PHIL 456 Problems in Law and Political Theory (of any letter/title or PHIL 457 Problems in Law and Morality (of any letter/title) or PHIL 458 Problems in Law and History of Philosophy (of any letter/title)
    Optional Philosophy:
    PHIL 121 Methods of Reasoning or PHIL 122 Elementary Logic
    PHIL 140 Introduction to Ethics
    PHIL 147 Markets, Ethics and Law
    PHIL 148 Medical Ethics
    PHIL 149 Environmental Ethics and Policy
    PHIL 201 Plato and Aristotle
    PHIL 342 History of Social and Political Philosophy 
    PHIL 340 Ethical Theory
    PHIL 344 Buddhist Ethics
    PHIL 403 Topics in Ancient Philosophy (of any letter/title)
    PHIL 448 Advanced Topics in Medical Ethics
    PHIL 455 Advanced Philosophy of Law
    PHIL 456 Problems in Law and Political Theory (of any letter/title)
    PHIL 457 Problems in Law and Morality (of any letter/title)
    PHIL 458 Problems in Law and the History of Philosophy (of any letter/title)
    PHIL 488 Topics in Social and Political Philosophy (of any letter/title)
    PPL 471/472 Pell Honors Seminar I /Pell Honors Seminar II
  2. Political Science (minimum of two required, at least one of which is an upper-level class)
    PLSC 111 Introduction to American Politics
    PLSC 113 Introduction to Comparative Politics
    PLSC 115 Introduction to Ideas and Politics
    PLSC 117 World Politics
    PLSC 215 Environmental Policy
    PLSC 219 Pluralism, Prejudice and Public Law
    PLSC 300 Political Psychology
    PLSC 318 Contemporary Democracy
    PLSC 319 Issues in World Politics
    PLSC 320 Public Administration
    PLSC 321 American Presidency
    PLSC 322 American Political Parties and Pressure Groups
    PLSC 323 The Congress in American Politics
    PLSC 324 Campaigns and Elections
    PLSC 325 Ethics and U. S. Foreign Policy
    PLSC 326 American State Politics
    PLSC 327 American Foreign Policy
    PLSC 328 Public Policy and Political Process
    PLSC 329 Public Law
    PLSC 331 Constitutional Law and Politics
    PLSC 333 Civil Rights and Liberties
    PLSC 339 Criminal Justice
    PLSC 340 Public Opinion
    PLSC 348 Human Rights
    PLSC 360 Political Behavior
    PLSC 366: US Labor Politics, Policy and Law
    PLSC 369 American Electoral Behavior
    PLSC 373 American Political Thought
    PLSC 375 International Law
    PLSC 380 Topics in World Politics (of any letter/title)
    PLSC 382 Topics in American Politics (of any letter/title)
    PLSC 384 Topics in Policy Analysis (of any letter/title)
    PLSC 387 Topics in Political Theory (of any letter/title)
    PLSC 389 Topics in Comparative Politics (of any letter/title)
    PLSC 414 The U.S. Supreme Court
    PLSC 419 Interest Groups
    PLSC 420 Judicial Politics and Behavior
    PLSC 421 American Politics: Congress
    PLSC 424 American Political Process
    PLSC 425 The American Congress, Structure and Power
    PLSC 426 Voting Rights
    PLSC 452 Evolution of Criminal Justice System
    PLSC 456 Environmental Policy Analysis
    PLSC 474 Voting Behavior
    PLSC 481 Seminar in American Politics (of any letter/title)
    PLSC 482 Topics in Policy Analysis (of any letter/title)
    PLSC 484 Seminar in Special Topics in Public Law (of any letter/title)
    PLSC 487 Contemporary American Political Thought
  3. History (minimum of two required)
    HIST 103 Foundations of America (of any letter/title)
    HIST 104 Modern American Civilization (of any letter/title)
    HIST 250 Colonial America
    HIST 251 Revolutionary America
    HIST 257 American Working Class Since 1877
    HIST 264 Immigration and Ethnicity in the US
    HIST 267A Asian American History
    HIST 268 Native American Culture and History
    HIST 300 Ancient Law and Society
    HIST 302 Legal History: Justinian to Blackstone
    HIST 310 Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe
    HIST 333 Human Rights Since 1945
    HIST 336 Slavery, Nature, Empire
    HIST 345 The Holocaust
    HIST 351 19th Century US History and Literature
    HIST 354 Civil War and Reconstruction
    HIST 356 American Legal History
    HIST 361 U.S. Women since 1874
    HIST 362 U.S. in the 1960s
    HIST 380 Special Topics in US History (of any letter/title)
    HIST 430 War Crimes Trials and Justice
    HIST 431 Constitutionalism: US and Japan
    HIST 480 Senior Seminar in US History (of any letter/title)
    HIST 486 Senior Seminar in World or Comparative History (of any letter/title)
  4. Cognate Courses (all are optional)
    ANTH 364 Political Anthropology
    BE 304 Intellectual Property Law
    CLAS 381A Persuasion in Ancient Greece
    ECON 103 Introduction to the International Economy
    ECON 144 Poverty and Discrimination
    ECON 160 Principles of Microeconomics
    ECON 162 Principles of Macroeconomics
    ECON 312 Environmental Law and Policy
    ECON 331 Environmental Economics
    ECON 343 Intro. to Labor Economics and IR
    ECON 349 Economics of Law and Property Rights
    ECON 350 US Financial System: Markets and Institutions
    ECON 426 History of Economic Thought
    ECON 445 Public Expenditure and Public Choice
    ECON 449 Economic Analysis of Law
    ECON 461 Game Theory
    ENVI 215 Environmental Policy
    ENVI 239 Environmental Planning Policy
    ENVI 312 Environmental Law and Policy
    ENVI 317 Environmental Sciences and Public Policy
    ENVI 340 Natural Resources Law and Policy
    ENVI 415 Environmental Planning
    ENVI 481 Ethics and Policy Seminar (letter may vary)
    ENVI 482 Policy Analysis (letter may vary)
    JUST 271 Women in Jewish Law
    JUST 287L Fundamentals of Jewish Law
    PPL 487 Topics in Philosophy, Politics, and Law (of any letter/title)
    PSYCH 473B Psychology, Terrorism and Law
    SOC 240 Women of Color in the U.S.
    SOC 251 Deviant Behavior
    SOC 260 Social Problems in the United States
    SOC 340 Women and Criminal Justice
    SOC 370 Social Inequality
    SOC 378 Law and Society

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TRADITIONS OF WESTERN LAW AND GOVERNMENT TRACK

Students must take a total of 12 courses to fulfill the requirements for the major. Four courses must be in Philosophy, from list A (PHIL 201, 146 or 342, 345 and one elective); two courses must be in Latin; and four courses must be in History, from list C. The remaining two courses may be selected from among all the classes listed in lists A-D. At least six of the courses must be 300 level or above.

  1. Philosophy Required:
    PHIL 201 Plato and Aristotle
    PHIL 146 Law and Justice or 342 Topics in Classical Political Philosophy
    PHIL 345 Philosophy of Law
    Optional Philosophy:
    PHIL 121 Methods of Reasoning
    PHIL 122 Elementary Logic
    PHIL 146 Law and Justice
    PHIL 342 History of Social and Political Philosophy
    PHIL 332 Medieval Philosophy
    PHIL 344 Buddhist Ethics
    PHIL 403 Topics in Ancient Philosophy (of any letter/title)
    PHIL 458 Aristotle's Ethics and Politics (of any letter/title)
  2. Latin Required:
    2 semesters of Latin, at the level appropriate to the student's background
  3. History Required:
    HIST 101 Foundations of Western Civilization
    HIST 300 Ancient Law and Society
    HIST 302 European Law from Justinian to Blackstone
    Optional History (any one of these is required):
    HIST 202 The Greek World
    HIST 203 The Rise and Fall of Rome
    HIST 204 The Early Middle Ages
    HIST 205 The High Middle Ages
    HIST 206 Early Renaissance Europe
    HIST 207 Reformation and Renaissance Europe
    HIST 208 Privilege and Protest in Early Modern Europe
    HIST 213 England: Prehistory to the War of the Roses
    HIST 310 Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe
  4. Cognates (all are optional)
    CLAS 382A Ancient Sexuality and Gender
    ENG 230 Medieval Literature
    ENG 330 Topics in Medieval Literature (of any letter/title)
    ENG 331 Old English Literature
    ENG 333 Women and Society in Medieval Literature
    GRK One course in Greek language at the level appropriate to student's background
    JUST 241 Biblical History: Hebrew Origins of the Exile
    JUST 242: Jewish History: Second Temple Period
    JUST 243: Medieval Jewish History
    JUST 244: Modern Jewish History
    JUST 271 Women in Jewish Law
    JUST 287 Fundamentals of Jewish Law
    JUST 381 Topics in Jewish Thought and Society: Biblical to Rabbinic Periods (of any letter/title)
    PLSC 375 International Law
    PLSC 380V War and World Politics
    PPL 487 Topics in Philosophy, Politics, and Law (of any letter/title)
    PPL 471 and 472 Pell Honors Seminar I /Pell Honors Seminar II

         Important Notes Students in both tracks must earn a grade of C- or higher in courses fulfilling the major and courses cannot be taken pass-fail. Substitution of other courses (except courses transferred from other universities) must be approved by the student's PPL advisor. Substitutions of other Binghamton University courses will be granted only in very unusual circumstances, and are considered only in the senior year. Courses taken at other universities may be approved by the student's PPL advisor. Advisors are assigned through the Philosophy Department. Updated: October 24, 2014

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Last Updated: 10/24/14