Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law - Bachelor of Arts

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. 

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1, 23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences 110-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences course (4 credits)
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits)
Either an Area III: Laboratory Science course (4 credits) or an Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences course (3 credits)
Area V: Humanities3
Philosophy, Law and Ethics (Introductory Course -Departmental/College Requirement also) 33
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 13
Ethics (Introductory Course- Departmental/College Requirement also) 33
Viewing a Wider World 46
Departmental/College Requirements
Introductory Courses
PHIL 211GInformal Logic 33
or PHIL 312 Formal Logic
Law, Politics, and Ethics
PHIL 320Social and Political Philosophy3
PHIL 373Ethical Theory3
PHIL 376Philosophy of Law3
Intellectual History
Select one from the following:3
Ancient Philosophy3
Modern Philosophy3
Human Rights and Global Justice
PHIL 322Environmental Ethics3
PHIL 332Ethics and Global Poverty3
Philosophical Writing
PHIL 448Writing Philosophy3
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Law, Politics, and Justice (at least 3 credits must be taken outside of the Philosophy Department)
Select two from the following:6
Crime, Justice and Society3
Criminal Procedural Law3
Law of Evidence3
The Juvenile Justice System3
New Mexico Law3
Forensic Law3
Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice3
Mexican-American and Issues of Social Justice3
Immigration & Justice3
The U.S. Supreme Court and the Criminal Justice System3
Political Penology3
Border Violence and Justice3
Women and Justice3
Biomedical Ethics3
Engineering Ethics 53
Applied Ethics3
Special Topics3
Psychology and the Law3
Crime and Society3
Juvenile Delinquency3
Second Language Requirement: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 652-50
Select sufficient electives to bring total to 120, including 48 upper-division.
Total Credits120

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Arts in Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law there is no second language requirement.