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Politics, Philosophy & Economics (PPE) 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 Politics, 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

Broadening Your Perspectives

With required classes in all three disciplines, the Politics, 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.

PPE Curriculum & Degree Options

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.

Contact the History, Global & Political Studies Department

Dr. Kevin Johnson, Chair of the Department of History, Global & Political Studies

Dr. Nicholas Kerton-Johnson, PPE & Politics Program Director

Desirae Crouch, History, Global & Political Studies Program Assistant

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Related Majors and Related Minors
History, Global & Political Studies Department
A History of Excellence

Covering everything from philosophy and economics to history and international studies, the History, Global & Political Studies department helps students challenge assumptions, make connections, and apply historical knowledge to contemporary current issues.

The wide variety of disciplines and majors represented in the department are grounded in research, analysis, critical thinking, and truth seeking. Through these values—as well as through practical learning in discussions, case studies, lectures, and simulations—students develop fresh insights and perspectives that join textbook knowledge with global realities and a Christian worldview.

Not only are the History, Global & Political Studies professors serious about what they teach, they’re serious about incorporating their own personalities in the classroom and encouraging their students to do the same. The faculty create a family atmosphere—hosting movie nights, meals, and badminton tournaments while prompting their students to join in career development opportunities like research groups, the American Studies Program, and Taylor’s chapter of the American Enterprise Institute Council.

Learn More About History, Global & Political Studies at Taylor
See for Yourself

Listen to Dr. Nicholas Kerton-Johnson, Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations, explain how a History, Global & Political Science degree will prepare you to fulfill your passions and advance God’s kingdom.

Faculty & Staff
Department Head

Kevin Johnson

Chair of the History, Global & Political Studies Department & Assistant Professor of History



Elizabeth George

Associate Professor of History


Nicholas Kerton-Johnson

Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations


Jakob Miller

Assistant Professor of Political Science


Ben Wetzel

Assistant Professor of History



Desirae Crouch

History, Global & Political Studies Program Assistant