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Political & Legal Studies (Philosophy, B.A.)

This program is designed to give students a solid grounding in the history of philosophy and an ability to analyze arguments proposed in serious discussions of any subject. The political and legal studies concentration is aimed at students interested in social and political philosophy, particularly those planning to attend law school.

Political & Legal Studies (Philosophy, B.A.)


What is Political & Legal Studies at ODU like?

This program is designed to give students a solid grounding in the history of philosophy and an ability to analyze arguments proposed in serious discussions of any subject. The political and legal studies concentration is aimed at students interested in social and political philosophy, particularly those planning to attend law school.

Program Highlights

What makes Political & Legal Studies at ODU unique?

  • Courses equip you with versatile and marketable skills, including critical thinking, excellent verbal and written communication, and problem-solving

  • Students completing Philosophy BAs have the highest average composite GRE scores and either the best or nearly the best law school admission rates

  • Our program provides access to real-world experiences such as conferences, clubs, service learning, and summer programs to enhance your resume

  • Passionate faculty invest in the success of every student and seek to support a diverse, and inclusive community of philosophical thinkers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.




Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.




Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers



Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.

Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary



Teach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.


What are some courses offered in Political & Legal Studies at ODU?

PHIL 303E:
Business Ethics

A philosophical examination of ethical issues that arise in business and commerce. Topics discussed will vary by semester and instructor, but may include affirmative action, ethical versus unethical sales and marketing techniques, the obligations of business to society |if any), and the moral foundations of capitalism. Prerequisites: ENGL 110C.

PHIL 410:
Social and Political Philosophy

A philosophical analysis of the relation between man, society, and the state, studying about a dozen philosophers since Plato on such topics as justice, authority, law, freedom, and civil rights. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 211C, ENGL 221C, or ENGL 231C, and junior standing.

PHIL 435:
Philosophy of Psychology

An examination of various ways in which the mind has been understood in philosophy and in psychology and of the methods that have been used in the study of the mind. Prerequisites: Junior standing and three semester hours in philosophy, or permission of the instructor.


What are the requirements to apply for Political & Legal Studies at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Arts program in Political & Legal Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • A student needs to have earned a grade of C or better in ENGL 110C or its equivalent and completed at least 26 credit hours

  • It is also recommended the student have completed PHIL 110P, PHIL 120P, PHIL 230E, or PHIL 250E, but it is not required


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 374


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate

Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

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I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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