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Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

BECOME AN INTELLECTUAL POWERHOUSE. MAJOR IN PPE AT ONU. WE’VE FUSED THREE FOUNDATIONAL DISCIPLINES – PHILOSOPHY, POLITICAL SCIENCE AND ECONOMICS – INTO ONE EXCEPTIONAL MAJOR. YOU’LL GRADUATE WITH UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE AND THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC STRUCTURES THAT SHAPE OUR WORLD.

STUDY THREE DISCIPLINES

Our PPE program exposes you to many different professors and courses. In your philosophy coursework, you’ll explore the big questions of life and learn to think deeply. In your political science courses, you’ll learn how political systems operate in the U.S. and abroad. Finally, in your economic courses – delivered through the Dicke College of Business Administration – you’ll analyze the market forces that impact social issues.

Although you’ll study three subjects, you’ll still graduate in four years. Guaranteed. In fact, if you can’t complete the program in four years through no fault of your own – we’ll pick up the tab for the rest. 

Be prepared to learn just as much outside the classroom as you do inside. You’ll have lots of opportunities to read, write, solve problems, communicate complex ideas, and make informed and ethical decisions. You’ll graduate with a flexible skillset that will stand out in the marketplace.

Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. You could serve in student government or co-author research papers with your professors. You could study abroad, attend the Republican or Democratic National Convention, or spend a summer interning in Washington, D.C. You could head up a student organization or honorary society, play on a sports team, or perform with music groups.

At ONU, you’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your classmates. Our dedicated and distinguished professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, research, internships, and post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success and open doors for you.

Our PPE program prepares you for three distinct paths: law school; a career in the public, nonprofit or private industry sector; or graduate school. Whichever path you choose, you’ll be ready!

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

BE STRATEGIC

We’ll help you land strategic internships geared toward your future. Our professors have national and international connections that lead to pretty cool opportunities. Students from the disciplines of Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics have routinely interned  at places like the Justice Department, State Department, Department of Commerce and U.S. Marshals.

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO

Imagine studying abroad in England, China, Colombia, France, Korea, Ghana or Russia. Or participating in the Democratic or Republican National Convention. Or heading off to New York to compete in Model UN against college students from across the U.S. Or traveling with your professors – all expenses paid – to a major U.S. city to present your joint-research findings. We believe a well-rounded education includes opportunities to travel, experience new places and stretch your comfort zone. These opportunities are here for you to grab.



Let’s debate

We have an impressive Mock Trial program, and our teams compete across the Midwest. In fact, in the past five years, we’ve garnered 45 individual and team awards at Midwest competitions. Participating in Mock Trial is excellent preparation for any career. You’ll learn how to examine witnesses, analyze evidence, adhere to the federal rules of evidence, and present opening and closing arguments. 

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

COURSES

You’ll need 33 credit hours to complete the PPE program and a total of 73 credit hours to complete all other University and college requirements. Here are some courses you’ll take as a PPE major:

  • Introduction to American Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Either Ethical Theory, Environmental Ethics or Political Philosophy
  • Microeconomic Foundations for Business Planning
  • Macroeconomic Foundations for Business Planning
  • Managerial Economics

WHERE YOU COULD END UP

Law School: A PPE degree is excellent preparation for law school. The three component disciplines of the PPE program all play important roles in understanding the legal system.

Graduate School: Pursue an advanced degree in public administration, business administration, public policy, public health or heath care administration.

Career: A PPE degree opens the door to lots of opportunity. You could find employment at:

  • “Think tanks” like Policy Matters Ohio, Buckeye Institute or Brookings Institute 
  • Foundations like the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, or Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Industry, trade or labor groups
  • Advocacy groups focused on children, the environment, veterans, animals, urban renewal or the elderly
  • Not-for-profit organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, UNICEF or Oxfam
  • Cultural organizations, like museums, ballets, symphonies or theatres
  • Local, state or federal government
  • Business, finance or investment groups
Philosophy and Religion Department

Beth Buist

419-772-2195
b-buist@onu.edu
Burgett Hall 124
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed