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: Humanities
PHIL 1145GPhilosophy, Law, and Ethics (Introductory Course -Departmental/College Requirement also) 33
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 1
PHIL 2110GIntroduction to Ethics (Introductory Course- Departmental/College Requirement also) 33
Viewing a Wider World 46
Departmental/College Requirements
Introductory Courses
PHIL 1120GLogic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking 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
Plato and the Discovery of Philosophy3
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
HIST 414The Constitution and U.S. History3
Select one from the following:3
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-Americans and Issues of Social Justice3
Immigration & Justice3
The U.S. Supreme Court and the Criminal Justice System3
Political Penology3
Women and Justice3
Women and Politics3
Plato and the Discovery of Philosophy3
American Politics in a Changing World3
Citizen and State Great Political Issues3
Dilemmas of War and Peace3
Science, Ethics and Society3
Legal Issues in Modern Society3
Indian Law and Policy3
Islam and the West: Cultural Contacts, Conflicts, and Exchanges3
Justice without Prejudice3
Native American Philosophy and Spirituality3
Technology and Policy3
Ethical Decisions in Organizations3
Comparative Perspectives on Women3
Leadership and Society3
Worlds of Buddhism3
Philosophy Through Film3
Biomedical Ethics3
Engineering Ethics 53
Applied Ethics3
Special Topics3
American Political Thought3
Constitutional Law3
Law and Society3
Psychology and the Law3
Crime and Society3
Juvenile Delinquency3
Second Language Requirement: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 650-52
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.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics and ENGL 1110G Composition I. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 1110G Composition I 1 4
MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics 1 3
PHIL 1145G Philosophy, Law, and Ethics 3
FYEX 1141 Career Explorations and Planning 1
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2 3
Elective Course 2 3
 Credits17
Semester 2
PHIL 2110G Introduction to Ethics 3
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 2 4
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
Choose from one of the following: 3
Introduction to Communication  
Introduction to Communications Honors  
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture  
Elective Course 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Semester 1
Choose from one of the following: 3
Advanced Composition  
Professional & Technical Communication 1  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science 1  
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication  
Choose from one of the following: 3
Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking  
Formal Logic  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course OR Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2 3-4
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15-16
Semester 2
PHIL 373 Ethical Theory 3
PHIL 320 Social and Political Philosophy 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Semester 1
PHIL 376 Philosophy of Law 3
Choose from one of the following: 3
Plato and the Discovery of Philosophy  
Ancient Philosophy  
Modern Philosophy  
Upper-Division Elective Course 1 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
PHIL 322 Environmental Ethics 3
PHIL 332 Ethics and Global Poverty 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course 3 3
Upper-Division Elective Course 1 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Semester 1
PHIL 448 Writing Philosophy 1 3
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Course (see non-departmental requirements list) 3
Upper-Division Elective Course 1 3
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Course (see non-departmental requirements list) 3
Upper-Division Elective Course 1 3
Upper-Division Elective Course 1 3
Elective Course 3-4
 Credits12-13
 Total Credits120-122