Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (PPPA)

About Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs

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The Division of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (PPPA) provides vibrant and innovative programs of study where students explore the manner in which societies solve social challenges. Housed within the Interdisciplinary Arts and Science program at the University of Washington Tacoma, PPPA’s innovative curriculum combines theory and practice, and is an excellent choice for students interested in current events, public affairs, politics, government, ethics, human rights, economics, international studies, law or social philosophy. We offer the majors of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PP&E) and Law and Policy. We also offer minors in Asian Studies, Economics, Human Rights, Law and Policy, Politics and Religious Studies. Our faculty of active scholars are committed to undergraduate education; through small classes, extracurricular activities and individualized internships, PPPA provides many opportunities for students to work closely with faculty. 

Law and Policy (LAWPL) major

Law and Policy students learn to think analytically about the public action component of current legal and policy concerns associated with health care, social policy and international development. The major links curricular content with challenges facing Tacoma, South Puget Sound and Washington State.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PP&E) major

Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PP&E) offers an innovative curriculum for students drawn to interdisciplinary approaches and diverse frameworks for understanding social phenomenon.

Asian Studies minor

Students minoring in Asian Studies develop a well-rounded understanding of the countries and cultures of Asia.

Economics minor

Economic reasoning is of growing importance to social challenges such as climate change, the increased mobility of labor, the spreead of global markets and the fiscal problems associated with an aging population.

Human Rights minor

This Human Rights minor is an option for students who are interested in this rapidly emerging field of study.

Law and Policy minor

The Law and Policy minor provides students with a foundation in logical reasoning and develops their ability to analyze and communicate complex ideas.

Politics minor

This minor is designed for students seeking a solid understanding of the political ideas and processes that shape political outcomes.

Religious Studies minor

The study of religion deepens our understanding of human nature and engages us in reflection on life’s greatest questions. The Religious Studies minor allows students to inquire into diverse religious beliefs and the social implications of these beliefs.

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