BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Law

Politics and law shape the world we inhabit together. Philosophical study of the intersections of these domains provides insight about the nature of the problems we face in our social lives and helps to cultivate the ideas and habits of mind to craft intelligent solutions to these challenges.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Law was created through the cooperation of faculty from philosophy, politics and international affairs, business, honors, history, and math, and offers a truly well-rounded education.

Whether your future consists of graduate school, law school, or professional work, this degree will prepare you for a broad range of rewarding careers and an improved understanding of virtuous citizenship.


Degree requirements

To earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Law, you must complete at least 120 units of coursework:

  • at least 35 units of liberal studies requirements 
  • you may not use courses with a PHI prefix to satisfy these liberal studies requirements
  • at least 54 units of major requirements
  • language courses, if needed, to reach proficiency equal to 4 semesters of university-level course work, or 16 units
  • elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

See the current academic catalog for course descriptions and further details.  For previous catalogs, click here



Many undergrad students say they’re “pre-law,” but there isn’t actually a pre-law major at most universities.


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People from all majors are accepted into law school—and philosophy majors gain the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills necessary to gain admission to law school and succeed in the law profession. In fact, scores on admissions tests for law school (LSAT) and for graduate school (GRE) reveal that philosophy majors are top ranked performers. 

Pre-law housing

The Flagstaff campus offers a pre-law learning community where you can receive:

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For more information, contact the Department Chair, Christopher Griffin.