Political Philosophy

​College of Arts and Sciences

Students of political philosophy in the integrated learning major program are empowered to pursue studies using the resources of both the philosophy department and the political science department.

Students take courses in ethics, political theory, history of political thought, law, and human nature.

Other topics include governmental structures and their ideal implementation, political behavior, civil liberties, the relationship between individuals and governments, and philosophy of law. Students leave Syracuse prepared for careers in the areas of political, government and public affairs.

Major in political philosophy


Sample Courses

Core coursework encompasses ethics, history, and law. Sample courses include:

  • Marxist Theory
  • Law and Society
  • Political Conflict
  • Social Movement Theory
  • Gender and Politics
  • Human Nature

View all major requirements.

Practical Experience

The political philosophy program is supplemented by a number of real-world opportunities:

  • Volunteer in the community and intern professionally—on campus, off campus, or internationally.
  • Utilize the College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) for support with innovative educational programs and your undergraduate research activities.
  • Join one of more than 300 student organizations, including the Philosophy Club.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through SU Abroad, which features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose semester, summer, short term, and yearlong options for international study. Political philosophy majors will find academic offerings at SU Abroad’s programs in Florence, Istanbul, and Strasbourg, as well as in the many study abroad programs offered by World Partners.

Life After Syracuse University

As a graduate with a major in political philosophy, you can explore such careers as:

  • Lawyer
  • Publisher
  • Political advisor
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Lobbyist

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as law, journalism, and public administration. Recent graduates of the program have attended many of the top graduate schools in the U.S.