Political Science, Philosophy, & Economics

Major

Viewing the World in New Ways

Combine three disciplines into one major that will help you develop a deep, nuanced understanding of how the world operates. The Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) major is an interdisciplinary major that helps students understand the multiple forces affecting society.

Students in PPE make connections between systems of thought, political action, and economic systems and gain hands-on experiences applying what they learn to contemporary issues. You will learn about significant political and economic structures and processes, while being globally engaged.

Erin Drummy
Class of 2020
The entire History, Global, and Political Studies department has always been so supportive of all of the student endeavors and continues to provide a phenomenal environment for learning and growth.

Interested in Political Science?

Considering another major but love all things political? Consider pairing your major with Taylor’s Political Science minor.

Interested in Economics?

Excited about economics but torn between the PPE major and another major? Consider an Economics minor.

Interested in Philosophy?

Are you more interested in the philosophy and ethics portion of PPE? Check out our Philosophy major and minor.

Political Science, Philosophy, & Economics Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core is the key to Taylor’s total education. These classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. Each student who completes the Foundational Core emerges as a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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A group of students in suits debating in Ethics Bowl

Broadening Your Perspectives

With required classes in all three disciplines, the Political Science, Philosophy, & Economics major provides a foundation to think critically from multiple perspectives, with well-rounded views of modern society. Each discipline is also explicitly connected with faith and vocation and will challenge you to pursue rigorous study with the expectation of impacting the world through your career.

Specific PPE classes cover public policy, international relations, history of philosophy, economics, logic, ethics, and moral issues. All PPE majors take part in an extended practicum in either political science, philosophy, or economics.

Our majors can develop their professional skills outside of the classroom in independent research projects, study abroad programs, seminars related to any of the three areas, and Taylor’s nationally-ranked Ethics Bowl team.

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