About PPPA

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Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs (PPPA) is one of five divisions within UWT's School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. We offer three innovative majors and a number of minors, and we also oversee many exciting curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for students. Our offerings are excellent for students interested in current events, public affairs, politics, ethics, human rights, economics, international studies, law, philosophy, and more.

In our Law and Policy major, students examine issues related to law and public policy from both domestic and global perspectives. Our Politics, Philosophy, & Economics (PP&E) major engages students with social problems and their potential solutions from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Our Economics and Public Affairs major looks at the connections between markets and governments to engage in critical enquiry about public policy at the local, state, and national levels.   All three majors offer small, discussion-based classes and hands-on experimental options.  Each of these majors require a capstone seminar for graduation, and students may major with honors by completing additional requirements.

PPPA graduates go on to a wide range of careers such as law, politics, public administration, nonprofit work, business, and education. You can read about some of them here.


In addition to our majors, PPPA faculty oversee UWT's new Street Law and Urban Debate initiatives. We strive to connect the classroom to the community, and design learning objectives for real-world applications.

PPPA faculty also play active roles in our scholarly community, researching and publishing in a variety of fields. Faculty research expertise spans human rights, security studies, labor history, religious thought, women and politics, transportation economics, education policy, China's industry policy, and more. Learn more about faculty and research here.

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