Philosophy, Politics and Law (BA)

Program Overview

The philosophy, politics and law (PPL) major is an interdisciplinary major focused on law, policy, government and citizenship. It draws on philosophy, political science, history and other areas of study. PPL majors learn how to think critically, write well and cogently debate about social, political, ethical and legal issues.

The degree allows students to focus on topics of particular interest to them. You can choose classes that focus on international issues or human rights, environmental ethics, U.S. law, theories of justice and many other topics.

Degrees Offered

  • BA in Philosophy, Politics and Law

Internships, research opportunities and more

PPL offers students two honors options: The Pell Honors Program and the Department Honors Program. These honors programs allow students to explore a writing project of their choice, delving deeper than typical undergraduate coursework requires. In addition, there are opportunities to receive academic-based awards and funded study-abroad program opportunities. For more information, view the Honors Program web page.

The Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL)/Master of Public Administration (MPA) combined degree program gives students the option to earn a master’s degree in five years instead of the typical six. An MPA is ideal for students who have an interest in public service. MPA graduates are equipped to hold positions as city, county or village managers; directors of nonprofit organizations; policy advisors; or analysts for federal or state government.


Some courses to consider in your first year:

After You Graduate

A PPL degree prepares students for a range of career opportunities. Due to the knowledge about institutions and the many critical thinking and analytical skills students acquire, PPL students are a benefit to organizations in both the public and private sectors. A few of the careers open to PPL majors are shown below, although some may require additional education or experience:

  • attorney
  • business administrator or manager
  • development officer
  • journalist
  • labor relations representative
  • legislative aid
  • librarian
  • nonprofit administrator
  • politician
  • public policy analyst
  • public relations executive
  • publisher
  • religious leader
  • social worker
  • teacher

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years:

For more information, visit the Philosophy, Politics and Law website.