Political Science and International Relations

Political Science, Philosophy & Economics Major

A major in political science, philosophy and economics (PPE) deeply engages in examining and understanding the nature of human communities. This interdisciplinary major encourages you to think critically from the position of each field and make connections between the disciplines, the past and the present, and see how each shapes the diversity of human experience.

PPE presents the opportunity for you to be well-versed in the core of these three disciplines, equipping you with a wide grasp of approaches to knowledge and critical thinking. You will learn about significant political and economic structures and processes, while being globally engaged and trained to discuss leading contemporary issues. Each discipline is explicitly engaged with faith and vocation and will challenge you to pursue rigorous study with the expectation of impacting the world through your career.

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What makes Taylor’s political science, philosophy, and economics major unique?

Taylor University is the second school in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) to offer a PPE major. Through the teaching and mentoring of our diverse faculty, their intentionality in integrating faith and learning, and their specialization in these three fields, you will be well-prepared to develop ethical positions that are informed and thoughtful. The course variety of this major lays the foundation for you to recognize global realities and complexities of local, national and international issues and situations, equipping you for an influential life.

How do I earn a PPE degree?

The political science, philosophy, and economics major requires a total of 46 credit hours, including 28 credits of upper-level courses to ensure sufficient depth in each core area. Most PPE majors plan to attend graduate school and/or pursue careers in challenging fields, thus, this major is designed to offer the utmost rigor and intellectual challenge.

Check out the curriculum guides for the BA degree or the Systems BS degree.

What professional growth experiences exist within the program?

As a PPE major, you must complete a practicum for course credit. The practicum can be geared toward any of the three disciplines. We highly encourage you to participate in the Ethics Bowl, which placed won the National Ethics Bowl Competition in 2015. There are also numerous opportunities to work in our nation’s capital, travel overseas, and work in foreign cultures.

Contact Dr. Kerton-Johnson if you would like to learn more about professional growth opportunities.

Our political science, philosophy and economics faculty encourage intellectual rigor in an effort to help you to obtain the best possible career or entry into graduate school. PPE was first offered by Oxford University and is now offered at more than 30 universities in North America and Canada, including:

  • Duke University
  • King’s University College (Christian)
  • The King’s College (Christian)
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Washington
  • Yale University

PPE Careers

PPE brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding the world around us, developing skills useful for a significant range of careers. Traditionally PPE graduates pursue careers in:

  • Banking
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Non-profits
  • Politics