The Philosophy, Political Science and Economics Program offers a major.
The philosophy, political science and economics (PPE) major provides students with the opportunity to form an interdisciplinary integrated knowledge that combines foundational understanding of each discipline. In order to understand complex social phenomena one must approach them from several complementary disciplinary directions and analytical frameworks. The study of philosophy equips students with broad knowledge of the ideas and theories that shape society and culture, and the intellectual tools needed for ethical reflection. The study of political science acquaints students with the political structures that govern society and introduces the complexities involved in the choices political systems and regimes regularly make. Knowledge of economics is vital for explaining and understanding the social world. There is at least some truth to Marx’s claim that all social phenomena are at their core economic. All three disciplines equip students with meta-tools such as the ability to think rigorously and logically, but each employs different methodologies. This is what makes the PPE major genuinely interdisciplinary: PPE students explore contemporary questions about distributive justice; the ethical significance of the competitive market economy; and the dynamic relationships between the economic, political and legal orders by employing and integrating the tools methods and perspectives of each discipline. The PPE major provides career oriented liberal arts students with the Integrated Knowledge and Lifelong Skills necessary for success and leadership in a rapidly evolving world.
Learning Outcomes for PPE1. Students will be able to identify and critically discuss in written and oral fashion government structures and decision making processes.2. Students will be able to identify and critically discuss in written and oral fashion key concepts, figures, movements, and ideas in philosophy.3. Students will be able to identify and critically discuss in written and oral fashion the function of market forces and the larger social issues related to economic forces and decision making.4. Students will be able to identify and critically discuss in written and oral fashion the integration of the fundamental concepts and ideas of Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics and the way these ideas shape fundamental societal issues of justice, citizenship, social order, wealth and poverty, globalization, freedom, et. al.5. Students will be able to identify, analyze, and respond critically to relevant issues using appropriate research and bibliographic materials and facilities commonly employed in the fields of Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics.
One additional Philosophy course at any level (Pre-law students are encouraged to take Philosophy 105, Logic).
All PPE majors will select a concentration in either Philosophy, Political Science, or Economics Majors must complete two additional courses in either Philosophy, Political Science, or Economics. At least one of these courses must be at the 300 level.
Bachelor of Arts students must take 8 credits in a modern language (MLL) other than English and MAT106 or higher.
NOTE: EACH MAJOR MAY HAVE SPECIFIC COURSE SEQUENCING REQUIREMENTS.FOR SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS, SEE "REQUIRED SUPPORT COURSES" WITHIN EACH MAJOR.
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Students must complete four GE1 courses: one from each of the four Distribution Areas outside of their major area of study.Students must take one GE2 course. The GE2 course chosen, must build upon a discipline taken at the GE1 level (e.g. PSY101 (S1) and PSY 221 (S2)).
Fine Arts (F1, F2)
Humanities (F1, F2)
Philosophy/Ethics/Religion (P1, P2)
Natural Sciences (N1, N2)
The Cross-Cultural Component is a five-course series through which students explore the study of culture:
Transfer students will register for CCS101 for one credit.
The Cultural Seminar, which is taken in the first semester, begins the exploration of culture through the study of one's own culture and a different culture. This course develops oral communication skills through critical reading and discussion.
The Writing Seminar is taken during the first or second semester, includes cross-cultural readings, and develops foundational writing skills.
The Cross-Cultural Designation course is taken after the Cultural and Writing Seminars. This course satisfies a Distribution requirement, continues development of writing skills, and includes significant cross-cultural themes as preparation for the Cross-Cultural Experience.
The Cross-Cultural Experience course is taken concurrently or after the Cross-Cultural Development course. In an off-campus setting, students apply knowledge learned in the previous three courses through interactions with cultures other than their own. (CCS300 for 2 credits, NCEP courses for 4 credits, or study abroad for 12+ credits)
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In the Global Perspectives Colloquium, advanced students (usually seniors) from multiple disciplines engage in critical reading and discussion. Students reflect on their distribution courses and cross-cultural experiences while also refining their writing skills.
The list below displays all the courses offered by the major: