Welcome to the website of the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University. The School offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate courses leading to the B.A. degrees in Political Science and in Philosophy, the M.A. degree in Political Science (Certificate in Global Justice and Security Studies), the Master of Public Affairs degree (offered at the Vancouver campus), and a Ph.D. degree in Political Science. Students who graduate from our programs are imbued with a desire to engage in life-long learning and are also very competitive in a variety of job markets.
In addition to teaching and public service, faculty and graduate students engage in problem-oriented research addressing some of the most pressing political and philosophical issues of our time including global climate change and environmental policy, bioethics, health policy, national security and international terrorism, political communication, global justice, and political psychology. Many of the faculty embrace interdisciplinary research programs which allows for a multi-dimensional approach to addressing societal issues and problems.
We welcome inquiries from current and prospective students, alumni, news organizations, and the general public.
School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs
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SPOTLIGHT on Philosophy and Political Sciences courses for Fall 2019:
PHIL 321 – History of Modern Philosophy: Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL. Renaissance, 17th and 18th century philosophers.
PHIL 333 – Development of Marxist Thought: Marxist theory from the original writing of Marx and Engels to contemporary developments.
PHIL 370 – Environmental Ethics: Explores the obligations we have regarding non-human parts of the environment and the justification for those obligations.
PHIL 413 [CAPS] – Science & Religion: Course Prerequisite: 3 credits PHIL; 3 credits [BSCI] or [PSCI]; junior standing. Methodological comparison and philosophical investigation of the relation between religion and natural science and related issues.
POL_S 333 – Development of Marxist Thought: Marxist theory from the original writing of Marx and Engels to contemporary developments.
POL_S 417 – Voting & Elections: Analysis of voting behavior and elections; turnout, influences on voter choice, congressional and presidential elections, campaign finance, and polling.
POL_S 450 [M] – The Legislative Process: Role of legislatures in a democratic system; problems of representation; election and tenure of lawmakers; legislative organization and procedures.
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