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We speak for all the PPL faculty in wishing you an enjoyable and valuable educational experience. PPL is one of the most popular majors on campus with various programs and activities for its students. The PPL major provides a diverse liberal arts education and valuable foundation for a wide range of careers, including law school, graduate education, business, teaching and government. The PPL major places particular emphasis on critical thinking, writing, discussion and debate, and study abroad opportunities. PPL offers core courses in philosophy with complementary courses in history, political science, economics, and other disciplines, leading to an interdisciplinary B.A. degree offered through Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University. This homepage and the corresponding links serve as an information source for current and prospective PPL majors, as well as PPL alumni. We welcome you to browse and contact us for further information.

Let us briefly mention various opportunities for you to consider as a PPL major. The Pell Honors program, with its associated scholarship opportunities, the combined M.A. degree in PPL and philosophy, and PPL in Britain are marvelous opportunities for majors. Please speak with a PPL advisor for more information. We recommend study abroad experiences to complement your educational goals, and we work with students individually to ensure that your study abroad coursework mesh with PPL major requirements. Phi Alpha Delta is a co-educational pre-law fraternity that offers a wide array of activities and programs; some are academic, others are service or pre-professional. It’s a good organization and we encourage you to think about joining.

PPL also has an associated PPL Institute to complement its work. The Institute funds Visiting Scholars, guest lectures and other University and PPL-related activities, such as faculty/student lunches and philosophical debates among faculty. Since 2006, the program also houses the editorial office of the American Philosophy Association Newsletter in Philosophy and Law, a national publication that highlights and examines the contributions of major figures in the philosophy of law and political philosophy. The major has much going on, so keep your eyes open and always feel welcome to participate in any of the events. The Institute is funded by the generous contributions of Binghamton alumni who support the PPL program and believe in its approach to undergraduate education.

Let us mention three additional opportunities for PPL majors. First, the Roma Award (named after a previous director of the program, Emilio Roma) is given annually to the top one or two graduating PPL majors, based on academic success and contributions to the major. Winners receive a small financial gift, recognition at graduation, and a luncheon with PPL faculty. Second, PPL majors may also serve as Undergraduate Teaching Assistants in lower-level philosophy classes that they have excelled in. These competitive positions are offered at the discretion of the faculty teaching the course, so please inquire directly to those faculty about these opportunities. Third, PPL students sometimes work individually with faculty in their areas of research. If you become interested in the teaching and research of a faculty member, you are always welcome to approach this person directly to inquire about research opportunities.

If you have any questions about the PPL Program, please do not hesitate to contact department secretary Margaret Dwyer (777-2735 or mdwyer@binghamton.edu) or Joy Tassey (777-3616 or jtassey@binghamton.edu) and she will be happy to address your questions or direct you to an advisor.

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Last Updated: 6/3/12