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College of Arts and Sciences School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

The School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs


Renaissance Thinking. Problem Solving: Multi-disciplinary solutions to real-world challenges joining reason, politics and policy

Quality & Achievement. Creativity. Knowledge & Wisdom. Respect. Fairness & Integrity. Diversity. Community Service. Collaboration. Fun.



Public Affairs



Our philosophy and political science curriculum prepares you with marketable knowledge to achieve your career dreams. If you are interested in law, philosophy, politics, government, criminal justice, ethics, our goal is to help you translate your passion into flexible skills in a competitive job market.


Areas of expertise among political science faculty include American politics and public law, American security policy and political behavior, global politics, political psychology, public policy, environmental policy, political theory, Native American policy and American foreign policy.

Our Philosophy faculty specialize in bioethics, ethical theory and applied ethics, philosophy of law, environmental philosophy, metaphysics, pragmatism, epistemology, philosophy of language and science, and the philosophy of religion.


We offer a wide variety of classes and experiential learning opportunities. Some of our classes include: Philosophy in Film, History of American Indian Sovereignty, Current Events, Biomedical Ethics, Urban Politics, Crime and Justice in the Movies, The Presidency, Gender and Politics, United States Foreign Relations, East/West Philosophy of Architecture, Media and Politics, Politics Ethics, and International Security.


You are here to further your education, and obtain a degree. We can offer you so much more, offering you not only valuable information, but also critical thinking skills and how to become a self motivated life long learner through extracurricular opportunities and experiences. A degree from our school can be the foundation for the rest of your life, and help you achieve your career goals.


The School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs wants to see you succeed, and we want to help you achieve your dreams.


Our dedicated faculty conduct problem-driven research, teach in-person and online courses, as well as assist policymakers and government and non-government leaders at local and national levels.


Ethics Bowl, Mock Trial, Philosophy Club, Political Science Club, Political Science Honors Society, and the Pre-Law Society all enhance your education via experiential learning and engaging with peers, professors and professionals.


PPPA offers two bachelor’s degrees with a Pre-Law designation: Philosophy and Political Science. And because our school provides scholars from multiple disciplines, we offer you the resources of both political science and philosophy faculty. In addition, we offer a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities aimed to help students achieve their career dreams.


Political science and philosophy majors learn a host of skills that will enhance career prospects across a wide variety of fields, including: law, journalism, local government, federal law enforcement, academia, non-profits, business, writing, teaching, national government, etc.

Your degree will also prepare you for furthering your education, whether that is pursuing a graduate degree in political science or philosophy or another discipline such as law school, business school, or medical school.

Contact Us

School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs
Washington State University

801 Johnson Tower
PO Box 644880
Pullman, WA 99164-4880
Phone: 509-335-2544
Fax: 509-335-7990

Visiting Campus

Pullman is located on the eastern edge of the state of Washington, 80 miles south of Spokane and 30 miles north of Lewiston, Idaho. Pullman shares the border with Moscow, Idaho, just a few miles to the east and home to the University of Idaho.
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