Online Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy – Morality, Politics and Law

The Bachelor of Arts in philosophy with a concentration in morality, politics and law program combines the basic analytical approaches of philosophy with an emphasis on the moral questions that arise in political theory and law. This law and philosophy degree is ideal for students planning to pursue postgraduate work in law, policy or politics.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 01/09/2023


Total classes:

Total classes: 39

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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What is moral and political philosophy and the philosophy of law?

Morality and politics are important areas of focus in the field of philosophy. Moral philosophy serves as a cornerstone of the legal system and is closely intertwined with politics. Values such as liberty, equality and justice are open to various interpretations, influencing policy and legislation. By applying a philosophical approach to ethical reasoning, you’ll better understand central issues that affect both classical and modern interpretations of the law.

What will I learn in a law and philosophy degree?

 

In this law and philosophy degree, you’ll explore the nature of morality, political theory, legal theory and the interconnections between them. You’ll also learn how to form arguments and analyze information, as well as sharpen your analytical, reasoning, communication and writing skills. Additionally, you’ll study basic approaches to:

  • Ethical reasoning.
  • Central philosophical issues in law and jurisprudence.
  • The meaning and application of foundational political values, such as equality, liberty and justice.

What are the unique benefits for the philosophy of law, morality and politics concentration?

 

One of the first schools to offer a bachelor’s in philosophy with a concentration in morality, politics and law, this program is innovative in teaching modern skills in the field of social and political philosophy. The concentration in law, morality and politics appeals to those looking to pursue a career in law, policy or politics. Students may also select this area of focus if their goal is to attend law school after graduating.

Does my law and philosophy degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. Your concentration in morality, politics and law will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.

Philosophy courses in law, morality and politics

The law and philosophy degree program focuses on ethical theory and philosophy of law. In addition to completing required coursework, you’ll have the opportunity to take electives related to philosophy, helping to enrich your understanding of morality, politics and law. Courses include:


PHI 101: Introduction to Philosophy (HU)


PHI 103: Principles of Sound Reasoning (L or HU)


PHI 105: Intro to Ethics (HU)


PHI 328: History of Ancient Philosophy (HU & H)


PHI 329: History of Modern Philosophy (HU & H)


PHI 335: History of Ethics (HU)


PHI 337: Ethical Theory (HU)


PHI 403: Contemporary Analytic Philosophy (HU)


What can I do with a law and philosophy degree?

Not only does a philosophy degree give you a better understanding of morality and politics, but it also strengthens your ability to conduct analysis and express your opinions. These skills are beneficial for several career paths. Pursuing the morality and politics concentration prepares you for roles in intelligence, politics or law. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

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Renowned faculty in morality, politics and the philosophy of law

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Renowned faculty in morality, politics and the philosophy of law

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Law and philosophy degree admission requirements

I am a future

You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

An innovative educational institution for developing critical thinking

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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