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The Department of Political Economy & Moral Science offers an undergraduate major in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law, a High School Dual-Enrollment course in Ethics, Economy, and Entrepreneurship, and a leading academic journal, Social Philosophy & Policy.

We also are part of the team of scholars at Arizona that for the past six years has been peer-ranked as the world's #1 graduate program in political philosophy. That astounding ranking seems to be based largely on our distinctively empirical approach to theorizing about principles of morality and justice, and about how people have to live in order to make sure that their world is better off with them than without them.

Our peers around the world also credit us for offering an unrivalled diversity of perspectives, although diversity has been more an unintended but welcome side effect of aiming for synergy. We bring together high-powered scholars who believe in themselves and in each other enough to be fascinated by rather than threatened by their differences. 


New Department Head: Dr. Jerry Gaus

Jerry Gaus is the new head of the Department of Political Economy and Moral Science.... read more

U of A ranks #1 in Political Philosophy

The annual Philosophical Gourmet Report released their rankings of Graduate Programs in Philosophy published and the University of Arizona... read more

Vernon Smith joins Political Economy and Moral Science as a Research Professor

We are honored to announce that Nobel Laureate Vernon L. Smith is joining our Department as a Research Professor.  Professor Smith was a mentor of... read more

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Contact Info

Department of Political Economy & Moral Science
1145 E. South Campus Dr., Room 213
P.O. Box 210027
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email: moralscience@email.arizona.edu
Tel: (520) 621-3129
Fax: (520) 626-8361


Center Director

Jerry Gaus

PPEL Director: 
Michael Gill