Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (PPPA)
About Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs
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. Through internships, study abroad opportunities, seminars, and field work, students also gain practical experience with careers at the local, state, national, and global level.
PPPA houses the majors of Politics, Philosophy & Economics and Law & Policy. We also offer minors in Asian Studies, Economics, Human Rights, Law and Policy, Politics, and Religious Studies.
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. 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.
Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PP&E) major
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.
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.
Law and Policy 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.
Asian Studies minor
Human Rights minor
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