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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
Interim Director

SPOTLIGHT on Philosophy and Political Sciences courses for SPRING 2018:


PHIL 220 [HUM] – Philosophy of Food: Philosophical issues concerning the nature, production, and distribution of food, including ethical, aesthetic, metaphysical, and/or social/political dimensions of food.

PHIL 314 [HUM] [M] – Philosophies and Religions of India: Metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, aesthetic, social, and political views of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and their influence on Indian civilization. (Crosslisted course offered as PHIL 314, ASIA 314).

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.

PHIL 390 – Topics in Philosophy: Animal Ethics will be taught Spring 2018.

PHIL 425 – Philosophy and Feminism: Course Prerequisite: 3 hours PHIL, WOMEN ST 101, or WOMEN ST 201. Feminist philosophy as critique of Western philosophical tradition and as alternate framework for thought. (Crosslisted course offered as PHIL 425, WOMEN ST 425).

POL_S 432 [M] – Comparative Public Policy: Processes of public policy formation and outcomes in post-industrial democracies, and how to analyze it in a comparative perspective.

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






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