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Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

Philosophy, Politics and Economics

How would a shift in European economic markets affect communities in Tokyo and shape policy on Capitol Hill? How could changes to Chesapeake Bay regulations impact farmers on the Maryland Eastern Shore or tourism in New Jersey? Making sense of these connections takes an understanding of not just one, but several disciplines, including politics and public policy, marketing and communications, business and finance, and nonprofit and social services. At the Mount, we help you make sense of these intersections.

College of Liberal Arts

The undergraduate degree in PPE is part of the College of Liberal Arts, which is about making connections freely—exploring human achievement, examining the past critically and discovering ways to build upon it, and understanding yourself and our diverse world in order to transform it.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Graduate Degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Accelerated Undergraduate
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

Our world is becoming more complex each day. A degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from the Mount – the first of its kind in the state of Maryland – can prepare you to draw causal relationships from many rapidly changing sectors and use that insight to create positive, noticeable change.

While in the PPE program, you’ll study courses on ethics, theology, political theology, micro- and macroeconomics, econometrics and statistics, as well as public policy, international relations and comparative politics.

You’ll develop a combination of critical thinking, communication and quantitative reasoning skills that will enable you to choose from a vast number of meaningful and productive career paths with government agencies, media outlets, political organizations, nonprofits, financial institutions, universities, law firms or consulting groups.

jade curtis

I chose the Mount because the faculty care about the students’ success, and I was attracted to the pre-law program.

Jadé Curtis, Communication and Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
Graduate Student, Widener Commonwealth Law School

Want to see a full listing of all Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) courses, including a sample course sequence?

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Where PPE majors go.

With a degree in PPE, your career options are nearly limitless. PPE majors around the globe have gone on to become:

  • U.K. prime minister
  • U.S. Army general and supreme allied commander Europe for NATO
  • Editor-in-chief of The Economist magazine
  • Director of BBC Vision
  • Curator of the TED Conference
1st The Mount has the first PPE bachelor’s degree program in Maryland

Meet our Faculty

Barrett Turner

Barrett Turner, Ph.D.

Director of Philosophy, Politics & Economics Program (PPE) / Associate Professor

Richard Buck

Richard Buck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Alejandro Cañadas

Alejandro Cañadas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Joshua Hochschild, Ph.D.

Joshua Hochschild, Ph.D.


Amanda (Beal) Krause, Ph.D.

Amanda (Beal) Krause, Ph.D.

Director of International Programs / Associate Professor


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