Politics and Philosophy Major

The politics and philosophy major, a major in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, advised through the University Honors College, provides students with interdisciplinary training in the conceptual, empirical, and normative foundations of various fields of public policy. It enhances students' understanding of the moral and political complexities of public life and it offers preparation in both theory and practice to students interested in pursuing careers in social and public affairs.

By combining course work from different disciplines -- political science, philosophy, and economics -- the program's scope is broad, yet the structure of the curriculum also requires depth. The thematic nature of the major allows for flexibility in course selection. In collaboration with the major advisor, students design a cohesive program of study tailored to meet their individual post-graduate/career interests and needs.

The politics and philosophy major is a rigorous, but rewarding, program. Upon graduation, an academic career is certainly a possible pursuit; the major also provides excellent preparation for careers in law, government, community organizations, and social action groups.

More information about the specific requirements for the politics and philosophy major can be found on the P&P Major Sheet.

Information for Current Politics & Philosophy Majors

Current P&P majors should refer to these links for helpful information and resources:

Dates & Deadlines - Information from the current term's academic calendar

Opportunities - Includes information about internships, fellowships, and other types of awards available

Resources - Contains forms and instructions to navigate the University

Course Substitutions - Lists of honors course substitutions and w-course options for the upcoming term, as well as the information from previous semesters

Department of Philosophy Mailing List - Michael Kessler, the Philosophy Department's advisor, encourages P&P majors to sign up for their e-mail distribution list to learn about opportunities available through the Department of Philosophy.

Pre-Law at Pitt (PDF) - This is a publication developed by Pitt's Career Services office to provide students interested in law school with a comprehensive overview of the process, how best to prepare yourself, etc.