Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Major: Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 189.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years); Three Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 45.1004
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-1065

About the Program

Drexel University’s BA degree Philosophy, Politics & Economics, or PPE as it is often called, exemplifies Drexel’s commitment to comprehensive education at the intersection of thought and practice. A joint endeavor of the School of Economics, the Department of Politics and the Department of English and Philosophy, the BA in PPE provides a multidisciplinary foundation for professionals and researchers who want to address the complex, interconnected challenges of contemporary life. It prepares students for a wide variety of excellent careers that require thoughtful analysis and engaged leadership including but not limited to public service, government, international and domestic business, law, community organizing, publishing, journalism, education, academic research and more.

PPE began in the early Twentieth Century at Oxford University in the United Kingdom in an effort to ensure that scholars were ready to apply their learning in practical, governmental and business contexts to become leaders and change agents. Historically, political science and economics descend from what had been called “political economy.” PPE acknowledges what is often lost in the separation and specialization of these fields—the political wisdom that understands economic imperatives and the economic intelligence that recognizes the limits of political initiative. The philosophical dimension of PPE represents the vital reflective and critical aspects that are essential to bringing political and economic insights into conversation for understanding and leadership. PPE is devoted to the idea that great learning should inspire and empower students to have an impact on the world.

Students in the Drexel BA in PPE begin with the interdisciplinary class PPE 101 Introduction to Philosophy, Politics and Economics, which presents the field through a discussion of how the aims and methods of the three constitutive disciplines work together and discussion of the political, economic and philosophical dimensions of specific topics and themes. The Philosophy classes in the major are mainly focused on issues in ethics, logic, philosophy of law, and social and political philosophy. The Politics classes cover a variety of subjects and constitute a solid foundation in Political Science covering topics that include Comparative Politics, History of Political Thought, Qualitative or Quantitative Research Methods, Theories of Justice, American Foreign Policy, Social Protest Movements in Comparative Perspective and more. The Economics classes are designed to give the student a foundation for profound analysis and insight. These include Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Economic Ideas, Public Finance, and electives chosen from courses which include Game Theory and Applications, Economics of Small Business, Labor Economics, Comparative Economic Systems, Resource and Environmental Economics, and more.

PPE majors also take electives in Sociology, choosing from courses like Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality, Wealth and Power, Gender and Society, Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South, Environmental Justice and more. In the interactive seminar capstone course, PPE 450, students work with an instructor as they formulate, evaluate and criticize public policy proposals, research and/or theoretical perspectives on political and economic issues using the research tools, arguments and methods drawn from the three fields. PPE majors at Drexel have access to the widest range of co-op positions related to public service, government, international and domestic business, law, community organizing, education, publishing, journalism, academic research and many more areas.

Admission Requirements

The interdisciplinary Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) program exemplifies Drexel's commitment to comprehensive education at the intersection of thought and practice. A joint endeavor of the School of Economics, the Department of Politics, and the Department of English and Philosophy, the BA in PPE provides a multidisciplinary foundation for professionals who will address the complex, interconnected challenges of contemporary life. It prepares students for careers that require careful analysis, clear foresight, and thoughtful leadership: government, politics, law, public policy, public service, and business. Our program starts from the idea that the economy is fundamentally political, politics are fundamentally economic, and both are shaped by centuries of philosophical inquiry. We build on a foundation of rigorous philosophical thought, political and economic theory, and applied research skills.

Degree Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements:
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Two Studies in Diversity classes6.0
Two International Studies classes6.0
Two Natural Science classes6.0
A Mathematics sequence of at least two classes in either Analysis or Calculus *8.0
Two Social and Behavioral Science classes6.0
Two Arts & Humanities classes **6.0
Two classes in one Foreign Language completing level 103 ***8.0
Free Electives25.0
Major Requirements:
PPE 101Introduction to Philosophy, Politics and Economics3.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PSCI 110American Government4.0
or PSCI 140 Comparative Politics I
or PSCI 150 International Politics
PHIL 111Symbolic Logic I3.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
One of these Political Science Methods classes:4.0
Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research in Political Science
Quantitative Research Methods in Political Science
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ECON 326 [WI] Economic Ideas4.0
PHIL 207Symbolic Logic II3.0
PHIL 241Social & Political Philosophy3.0
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
Two of these Political Science Area classes:8.0
American Political Development
Theories of Justice
American Foreign Policy
Global Governance
Power in Protest: Social Movements in Comparative Perspective
Two of these Sociology Elective classes:8.0
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Wealth and Power
Gender and Society
Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
Environmental Justice
ECON 334Public Finance4.0
SOC 355 [WI] Classical Social Theory4.0
SOC 356 [WI] Contemporary Social Theory 4.0
PHIL 385Philosophy of Law3.0
Any two Political Science 300 and/or 400-level classes8.0
Any three Economics classes numbered 250 or higher 12.0
Any two Philosophy 400-level classes6.0
PPE 450Senior Seminar in Philosophy, Politics and Economics4.0
Total Credits189.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101
or 111
Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
English Composition I
3.0
PPE 101Introduction to Philosophy, Politics and Economics3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Foreign Language class4.0
Math Analysis or Calculus4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102
or 112
Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
English Composition II
3.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
Foreign Language class4.0
Math Analysis or Calculus4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ENGL 103
or 113
Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
English Composition III
3.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Diversity Studies class3.0
Natural Science class3.0
Arts & Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
PHIL 101Introduction to Western Philosophy3.0
PHIL 111Symbolic Logic I3.0
Natural Science class3.0
Arts & Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
PHIL 207Symbolic Logic II3.0
PSCI 110American Government4.0
Free Elective3.0
Social & Behavioral Science class3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 6
ECON 326 [WI] Economic Ideas4.0
PHIL 241Social & Political Philosophy3.0
PSCI 231
or 232
Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research in Political Science
Quantitative Research Methods in Political Science
4.0
Free Elective3.0
Diversity Studies class3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
SOC 210Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality4.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Social & Behavioral Science class3.0
Free Electives9.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 8
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
SOC 230Gender and Society4.0
Free Electives6.0
International Studies class3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
ECON 334Public Finance4.0
PSCI 210American Political Development4.0
International Studies class3.0
Free Electives4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
ECON 361Health Economics4.0
PSCI 252Global Governance4.0
SOC 355 [WI] Classical Social Theory4.0
PHIL 400-level Elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
ECON 301Microeconomics4.0
PHIL 385Philosophy of Law3.0
SOC 356 [WI] Contemporary Social Theory 4.0
PSCI Elective 300 or higher4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
PPE 450Senior Seminar in Philosophy, Politics and Economics4.0
ECON Elective 250 or higher4.0
PHIL 400-level Elective3.0
PSCI Elective 300 or higher4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 189.0

Philosophy, Politics & Economics Faculty

Peter Amato, PhD (Fordham University) Director, Philosophy. Teaching Professor. Ethics, Marxism, Continental philosophy.
Debjani Bhattacharyya, PhD (Emory University). Assistant Professor. Urban history, South Asian history, environmental history.
Sebastien Bradley, PhD (University of Michigan). Assistant Professor. Public finance, international economics.
Zoltan Buzas, PhD (Ohio State University). Assistant Professor. International relations theory, international security, race and politics, diplomatic history.
Erin R. Graham, PhD (Ohio State University). Assistant Professor. International institutions, international relations theory, global environmental politics.
Amelia Hoover Green, PhD (Yale University). Assistant Professor. Dynamics of conflict-related violence; intra-armed group politics and socialization; statistics in human rights.
Nathan Hanna, PhD (Syracuse University). Associate Professor. Ethics, philosophy of law, philosophy of punishment
Roger A. McCain, PhD (Louisiana State University). Professor. Computational economics, game theory.
Carol Mele, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Teaching Professor. Ethical Theory, social and political philosophy, Rawls.
Joel E. Oestreich, PhD (Brown University) Director of the Global Studies major. Associate Professor. International organizations, international finance, development, and human rights.
Maria Olivero, PhD (Duke University). Associate Professor. Macroeconomics, international finance.
Flavia Padovani, PhD (University of Geneva). Associate Professor. History and philosophy of science, epistemology, logic.
Rachel R. Reynolds, PhD (University of Illinois). Associate Professor. Sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication and discourse analysis; violence against women in mass media; political economy of migration; semiotics including the textual, the visual and multimodal.
Andrew Smith, PhD (SUNY, Stony Brook). Associate Professor. Philosophy, social and political philosophy, American philosophy.
Jose Tapia, PhD (New School for Social Research). Associate Professor. The crises and fluctuations of the economy and the relation between these fluctuations and health conditions; quantitative aspects of social science.
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