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Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)


Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Major

The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) major is a sequence of courses in the disciplines of philosophy, theology, political science, economics and mathematics.

The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) faculty are committed to providing students with skills in moral reasoning; skills of rigorous inquiry; a complex understanding of philosophical foundations, political institutions, collective behavior, economic theory and economic influences; and statistical competency.

Students who major in PPE will take 45 credit hours of course work. The credit hours are distributed as follows:

  • Micro and Macro Economics (ECON 101 & 102)

  • Math or Business Statistics (MATH 105 or BUS 320)

  • Two Introductory Political Science courses (PSCI 200, PSCI 207, or PSCI 210)*

  • An interdisciplinary Justice Seminar (PPE 200)

  • Political Economy (PSCI 349) or History of Economic Thought (ECON 205)

  • Political Theology (THEO 335)

  • Econometrics (ECON 403)

  • An interdisciplinary Liberalism Seminar (PPE 300)

  • Research and Analysis Seminar (PPE 498)

  • At least 3 credits of PPE 480 (Internship Requirement)**

  • 9 credit hours of electives***

*Choose 2 of these 3 introductory courses in political science
**3-6 credit hour internship required. Director approval needed for internship.

***Single credits given for participation in simulations or LSAT prep will not count towards these 9 credit hours, only 3 credits hours of elective may come from 100-level courses, and 6 credits hours need to be from two different subfields of PPE

The PPE major has two capstone experiences – a required internship (PPE 480) and a research and analysis seminar (PPE 498). Students should read the course catalog and/or speak to an academic advisor in the major for more specific requirement information.
► See all course descriptions in the academic catalog.

Declaration of Major and Minor forms are available through the registrar's office.

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