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Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law

Starting in the fall of 2019, the department of philosophy will offer both a major and minor in Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law (JPPL). On this page you will find information about the major. For the minor in JPPL, please use this link: JPPL Minor.

If you have any questions about the JPPL minor or major, please feel free to get in touch with Professor Vessel, undergraduate advisor for the programs. His enthusiasm for helping students in legendary.

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Major: Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law


The aim of a Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law (JPPL) arts major is to cultivate a reasoned understanding of law and legal institutions, as well as the moral theories that support the value and justice of these institutions. JPPL offers a sequence of courses totaling 36 credit hours in critical thinking, law, policy, global justice, ethical theory, political philosophy, moral theory, feminist philosophy, and human rights. The interdisciplinary component of the major ensures that students have a well-rounded understanding of issues of justice and law. JPPL students will be well-prepared for further studies or careers in law, philosophy, politics, public service, education, human rights, or public policy.

Admission to JPPL is open to any student in good standing in the College of Arts and Sciences.


Degree Requirements

  • General Education Requirements:
    • 35 (Please see catalogue for description.)
  • Viewing the Wider World Requirements:
    • 6 (Please see catalogue for description.)
  • Departmental Requirements:
    • 36 (Please see below.)
  • Additional Electives:
    • Additional electives to reach 120 credit hours. (In selecting electives, students should bear in mind that at least 48 credits from all the degree requirements (general education, viewing the Wider World, and departmental requirements) must be at the upper division level.)
  • Total:
    • 120 Credit



Departmental Requirements for JPPL Major: 36 Credits Total


9 Credits: Lower Division 

  • PHIL 1145G          Philosophy, Law, and Ethics
  • PHIL 2110G          Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 1120G          Logic, Reasoning, and Critical Thinking (or PHIL 312, Formal Logic)

9 Credits: Law, Politics, and Ethics        

  • PHIL 376               Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 320               Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 373               Ethical Theory

   3 Credits, Intellectual History     

  • PHIL 341               Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 344               Modern Philosophy

  6 Credits: Human Rights and Global Justice       

  • PHIL 332               Ethics and Global Poverty
  • PHIL 322               Environmental Ethics

  3 Credits: Writing Philosophy     

  • PHIL 448                Writing Philosophy

3 Credits: The Constitution and U.S. History     

  • HIST 414                 The Constitution and U.S. History

3 Credits: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Law, Politics and Justice

  • CJUS 302               Crime, Justice, and Society
  • CJUS 306               Criminal Procedural Law
  • CJUS 307               Law and Evidence
  • CJUS 360               The Juvenile Justice System
  • CJUS 399               New Mexico Law
  • CJUS 424               Forensic Law
  • CJUS 425               Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice
  • CJUS 428               Mexican-Americans and Issues in Social Justice
  • CJUS 429               Immigration and Justice
  • CJUS 430               Supreme Court and the Criminal Justice System
  • CJUS 435               Political Penology
  • CJUS 453               Women and Justice
  • HNRS 2140G         Plato and the Discovery of Philosophy
  • HNRS 2174G        American Politics in a Changing World
  • HNRS 2180G        Citizen and State Great Political Issues
  • HNRS 304V          Dilemmas of War and Peace
  • HNRS 306V          Science, Ethics and Society
  • HNRS 335V          Legal Issues in Modern Society
  • HNRS 340V          Indian Law Policy
  • HNRS 349V          Islam and the West: Cultural Contacts, Conflicts, and Exchanges
  • HNRS 353V          Justice Without Prejudice
  • HNRS 362V          Native American Philosophy and Spirituality
  • HNRS 378V          Technology and Policy
  • HNRS 384V          Ethical Decisions in Organizations
  • HNRS 387V          Comparative Perspectives on Women
  • HNRS 388V          Leadership and Society
  • HNRS 390V          Worlds of Buddhism
  • PHIL 306               Philosophy Through Film
  • PHIL 321               Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL 323V            Engineering Ethics
  • PHIL 328               Applied ethics
  • PHIL 361               Special Topics
  • POLS 385              American Political Thought
  • POLS 391              Constitutional Law
  • POLS 395              Law and Society
  • PSYC 330              Psychology and the Law
  • SOCI 391               Crime and Society
  • SOCI 392               Juvenile Delinquency