Division of Politics, Philosophy & Public Affairs (PPPA)

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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.

The Division of Politics, Philosophy & Public Affairs offers the following programs of study:


  • Bachelor of Arts in Law and Policy                                         (TLAWPL)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics     (TPPE)
    • with a Politics and Philosophy Option                            (TPPE-10-11)
    • with an Economics Option                                                (TPPE-20-11)
    • with an International Studies Option                              (TPPE-30-11)


  • Asian Studies        (T ASIA)
  • Economics             (TECON)
  • Human Rights       (THRGT)
  • Law and Policy      (TLAWPL)
  • Politics                    (TPOL)
  • Religious Studies  (TRELIG)