- Enable you to reason at a high level about political and economic decisions, by integrating statesmanship with economic knowledge of cause-and-effect relations, and philosophical knowledge of ethics and human nature
- Do political discussions lead you to questions about right and wrong and human nature? Or do ethical discussions lead you to look for practical solutions? If your thoughts slide between philosophy, politics, and economics, then PPE is your best match.
- If you fear none of these disciplines, and want to integrate them, the PPE major will challenge you to become a philosopher, statesman, and economist with an understanding of statistics and a foreign language.
- The PPE’s Philosophy courses include studies of Ethics, Logic, and Human Nature.
- The PPE’s Political courses include studies of Classical and American political thought, and the American Constitution.
- The PPE’s Economics courses cover both micro- and macroeconomics.
- In addition, you take statistics and your choice of either a foreign language or further studies in mathematics.
- All of these studies are integrated in our interdisciplinary Senior Seminar in Contemporary Problems.
The Abbey Difference:
Our program at Belmont Abbey College is based on the Oxford PPE program that has produced many presidents, prime ministers, and other world leaders. Our program is ideal for future political leaders as well as future lawyers, as philosophy majors score highest (and economics majors third highest) on the LSAT. But many PPE majors will find their vocations in finance, consulting, and business. The three disciplines (philosophy, politics, and economics) together provide the skills to succeed in graduate school and to climb organizational ladders, and typically provide better salaries than business majors.
- From its beginnings at the University of Oxford, the PPE model has spread to many of the top colleges in the English-speaking world. Belmont Abbey College offers the first PPE program in the Charlotte area.
- In Philosophy, we focus on the Aristotelian and Thomistic traditions, in dialogue with modern and postmodern thinkers such as Locke, Rousseau, and Nietzsche.
- In Politics, we focus on both Classical and American polity.
- In Economics, we introduce you to the breadth of economic thought, including the Chicago Neoclassical, the Post-Keynesian, and the Austrian schools of economics.
- Small classes with dedicated teachers, at a beautiful campus!
- PH301 The Good Life (Ethics): How should humans live? Study the main approaches to ethics as represented by Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Mill, and Nietzsche, and apply these approaches to contemporary issues.
- PO361 American Political Thought I: Study the political ideas of American statesmen and thinkers such as Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, Hamilton, and Calhoun.
- EC317 Intermediate Microeconomics: Learn the foundations of economic analysis in this course on price theory, with applications to labor, commodities, and financial markets.