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.
Fall 2015 Lectures and Seminars
Openness to Experience and Creativity
Professor of Psychology
Scientific Director, Imagination Institute
Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania
Monday, November 9 , 2015
203 Cohen Hall