In a world where people are increasingly asked to employ tools that cut across disciplines, the PPE major offers an integrated, cross-disciplinary perspective that combines broad and rigorous training in the foundations of three subjects (plus study opportunities in some areas of psychology) with a specialization and research experience in a concentration of choice.
PPE students are free to explore and integrate many relevant disciplines and research areas. They may examine the nature and implications of human decision-making, the nature of distributive justice, the ethical consequences of the competitive market economy, and the dynamic relationships between the economic, political and legal orders. Some examples of research themes that PPE students have investigated are provided below.
Since inception, PPE has been very popular and today it is one of the largest majors in the college. The major is intended to prepare its graduates for careers in public policy and public service, consulting, journalism (reporting on political and economic issues), law and international affairs. It is an excellent pre-law major and it also offers suitable preparation for graduate study in any of the participating disciplines. PPE majors have gone on to some of the nation's most prestigious law and professional schools; to successful careers in business, public service, policy-making and journalism, and to graduate studies in the various sub-fields.
The BeLab is part of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program and reflects its multidiscplinary spirit. Some areas of special interest in the BeLab are social norms, moral heuristics and intuitions, biases, resource division, mutualism, corruption, as well as measures of autonomy and their relation to social change.
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Spring 2017 Lectures and Seminars
Thursday, February 23rd @1:30 PM, 392 Cohen Hall: David Hawkes, Special Litigation Unit at the World Bank will give a talk on “Development Aid and the Transnational Fight Against Corruption” for PPE’s Crime and Corruption Capstone. Anyone welcome. Add to calendar
Thursday, March 16th @4:30 PM, 203 Cohen Hall: Kyle Hyndman, Associate Professor at the Naveen Jindal school of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, will give a talk as a part of PPE's BeLab Speaker Series. Add to calendar
Thursday, March 30th @1:30 PM, 392 Cohen Hall: Richard Barrett, Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney Chief will give a talk for PPE’s Crime and Corruption Capstone. Anyone welcome. Add to calendar
Thursday, April 13th @ 4:30 PM, 203 Cohen Hall: Melinda Ford, Doctoral Candidate in Accounting, Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, will give a talk as a part of PPE's BeLab Speaker Series. Add to calendar
Thursday, April 20th @ 4:30 PM, 203 Cohen Hall: C. Mónica Capra, Professor in the Department of Economics at Claremont Graduate University, will give a talk as a part of PPE's BeLab Speaker Series. Add to calendar