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


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.

Steven Stehr

School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs
Main Office: Johnson Tower 801

SPOTLIGHT on Philosophy and Political Sciences courses for Spring 2019:


PHIL 207 -Philosophy of Religion: Critical inquiry into the existence and nature of God; the problem of evil; the relation of faith and reason; immortality and miracles. Typically offered Fall and Summer. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

PHIL 322 – Nineteenth-century Philosophy: Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL. The Continental, post-Kantian tradition, with emphasis on thinkers such as Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. Typically offered Fall and Spring. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

PHIL 442 [CAPS] [M] – Philosophy of Mind: Course Prerequisite: 3 PHIL; junior standing. Theories of mind, self, mental acts, psychological states and artificial intelligence. Typically offered Fall and Spring. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

PHIL 450 – Data Analytics Ethics: Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Ethical issues concerning the collection, use, and dissemination of data. Typically offered Spring.

POL_S 430 [CAPS] [M]- The Politics of Natural Resource & Environmental Policy: Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Issues and problems of natural resource and environmental policy. Typically offered Spring.

POL_S 438 [M] – Contemporary Political Theory : The development of political thought since Machiavelli. (Crosslisted course offered as POL S 438, PHIL 438). Typically offered Spring and Summer.

POL_S 472 [M] – European PoliticsGovernment and politics of postindustrial societies, including West Europe and Japan. Typically offered Fall and Summer.







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