College of Arts and Sciences

School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Degrees Offered throughout the State

The School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs is located on two campuses of Washington State University, at Pullman and Vancouver.

On the main Pullman campus, the department offers a B.A. in political science, a B.A. in philosophy, a graduate certificate in bioethics, an M.A. in political science with a focus on global justice and security studies, and a Ph.D. in political science.

The department also offers a B.A. in public affairs and a master of public affairs (M.P.A.) at the Vancouver campus.

Faculty Addressing Real-World Problems

The school's faculty have a wide range of research and teaching interests and are nationally and internationally recognized for scholarship with a focus on problem-driven research that confronts both traditional and emerging challenges in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Faculty members routinely lend their expertise to a broad range of local, state, and national government agencies and nongovernmental groups. This involvement on the 'practitioner side' of policy serves to enrich both faculty research and teaching.

Hands-on Teaching and Learning

Our award-winning faculty place great emphasis upon providing exceptional undergraduate and graduate programming, with a unique emphasis on research collaboration at the graduate level. The use of 'active learning' approaches to instruction at the undergraduate level are used extensively by faculty involving elaborate policy-making simulations, crisis-management simulations, and a highly accomplished Mock Trial team.

These hands-on teaching strategies reflect the problem-driven approach to research and instruction emphasized by our faculty and their ability to bring real-world perspective to students in the classroom.

Honoring Nick Lovrich

Nick LovrichA new fund to provide summer research support for WSU graduate students has been established in Dr. Lovrich's name.

The sooner we endow the fund, the sooner WSU can make the first-ever Lovrich Award. We're more than halfway there. Please make your gift today!

Give to the Lovrich Fund

PPPA Calendar:


Monday September 15th:

Noon- 1 pm. PPPA Faculty Meeting. 807 Johnson Tower

5-6:30 pm. PPPA GSA Meeting. 807 Johnson Tower

Wednesday, September 17th.

4:30 pm. Walter Echo-Hawk Presents: "The Need for an American Land Ethic." 101 Kimbrough Hall. Sponsored be the Foley Institute.

5:30-7:00 pm. Ethics Bowl. 807 Johnson Tower.


Thursday, September 18th:

7 pm. Walter Echo- Hawk book signing and discussion. CUB Auditorium. Sponsored be the Foley Institute, WSU Native American Programs, WSU Department of English, CEREO, and WSU College of Education.


Monday, September 22nd:

Noon-1:30. Joseph Kruzel Memorial Foreign and Defense Policy Lunch "Boko Haram: 'The Bring Back Our Girls Distraction." CUE 518.

Tuesday, September 23rd:

Last Day to Drop a Course without Penalty.

Wednesday, September 24th:

4pm. Science, Ethics, and Policy Series "Environmental Toxicants." 305 Bryan Hall.

5:30-7.Ethics Bowl Meeting. 807 Johnson Tower.

Friday, September 26th: 2-4:30. Cougar Pre Law Day. CUE 518.






School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, PO Box 644880, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-4880 • 509-335-2544 • Contact Us