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.

 Office: Breland Hall 324. Office Hours: Tues 3:00-4:30 and by appointment.Phone: (575) 646-287. Email: jvessel@nmsu.edu

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 100G            Philosophy, Law, and Ethics
  • PHIL 223G            Ethics
  • PHIL 211G            Informal Logic (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 331               Ethics and Global Poverty
  • PHIL 322               Environmental Philosophy
  • PHIL 325               Topics in Feminist Philosophy

  3 Credits: Writing Philosophy     

  • PHL 448 Writing Philosophy

6 Credits: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Law, Politics and Justice (at least 3 credits must be taken outside of the Philosophy Department)

  • CJ 302               Crime, Justice, and Society
  • CJ 306               Criminal Procedural Law
  • CJ 307               Law and Evidence
  • CJ 360             The Juvenile Justice System
  • CJ 399               New Mexico Law
  • CJ 424               Forensic Law
  • CJ 425               Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice
  • CJ 428               Mexican-Americans and Issues in Social Justice
  • CJ 429               Immigration and Justice
  • CJ 430               Supreme Court and the Criminal Justice System
  • CJ 435               Political Penology
  • CJ 451               Border, Violence and Justice
  • CJ 453               Women and Justice
  • PHIL 330               Ethics and biomedical research
  • PHIL 328               Applied ethics
  • PHIL 327               Ethics and sports
  • PHIL 323V            Engineering ethics
  • PHIL 321               Biomedical ethics
  • PHIL 302               Business ethics
  • PHIL 361               Special Topics
  • SOC 391                Crime and Society
  • SOC 392                Juvenile Delinquency