In our complex world, important issues often transcend the boundaries of academic disciplines. The Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program (PPE) at Calvin University is designed to equip the socially conscious and intellectually curious student to pursue responses to real world challenges with a robust complement of philosophical and social science tools and approaches.

Overview
Courses

The Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) program is an interdisciplinary major designed to bring philosophical insights to bear on empirical social science research. Students learn to employ the methods of social science to measure philosophical claims about foundational concepts such as equality and justice.

In the PPE program, students build competencies in both the social sciences and humanities; consequently up to 19 of the 51–56 semester hours satisfy Core requirements, including:

  • Mathematics - MATH 170, MATH 171
  • Persons in Community - POLS 110
  • Global and Historical Studies - POLS 207, POLS 214
  • Philosophical Foundations - PHIL 153
  • Societal Structures in North America - ECON 221, POLS 101, POLS 212, POLS 237
  • Integrative Studies - PHIL 201, IDIS 39x

For more information, please contact the PPE Program Director.

Course Requirements

Program Requirements

I. Common Foundations (27-32 semester hours):

  • PHIL 153 - Fundamental Questions in Philosophy
  • PHIL 207 - Justice & the Common Good
  • ECON 221 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 222 - Principles of Macroeconomics

  • ECON 343 - Research Methods OR
  • POLS 251 - Foundations of Pol Sci Research

  • POLS 110 - Persons in Political Community OR
  • POLS 240 - Freedom, Justice, and Political Authority
One from:
  • POLS 101 - Ideas and Institutions in American Politics
  • POLS 207 - International Cooperation and Conflict
  • POLS 214 - Governments and Globalization
  • POLS 234 - The President and Congress
  • POLS 237 - Parties and Interest Groups
One from:
  • PHIL 171 - Introduction to Logic
  • MATH 132 - Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
  • MATH 169/170 - Elementary Functions and Calculus I/II/170
  • MATH 171 - Calculus I

II. Intermediate Courses (9 semester hours):

  • POLS 212 - American Public Policy
  • PHIL 201 - Philosophy of Social Science
  • ECON 339 - Government Finance and Public Policy

III. Specialized Courses (12 semester hours):

Twelve additional semester hours from at least two of three PPE disciplines. Students will work with their PPE advisor to develop a rationale and course plan for the courses they will take to complete the program, which may include one interim course and/or three hours of internship credit.

IV. Capstone (3 semester hours):

  • IDIS 39X

Total Semester Hours: 51-56

PPE Program Director:

Micah Watson

Micah Watson

Associate Professor, PPE Program Director, Honors Liaison, Pi Sigma Alpha Advisor
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