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Philosophy, Politics & Economics

Thinkers as diverse as Aristotle, Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Friedrich Hayek and Angela Davis have understood that thoughtful examination of human societies and what constitutes effective conduct within them requires a mastery of philosophy, political theory and economics (PPE). Restoring these logical and historical connections, the philosphy, politics and economics degree program at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, engages students with both the way these disciplinary streams flow into each other and the way they (often fruitfully) clash.

PPE has proven itself to be one of the premier majors preparing students for careers in law, public service, non-profit work and graduate study.

Peter Fosl, professor of philosophy

Transylvania’s PPE major offers a distinctive interdisciplinary course of study found at few other American universities—and at no other university anywhere in precisely the way Transylvania has configured it. The program’s course offerings draw from across the university’s curricula. Its internships afford students real-world experiences. And the Transylvania capstone PPE courses offer advanced work in philosophy, political science and economics, helping students weave the interdisciplinary lines of their study into a senior seminar or senior project.

Courses of Special Interest

Practical Logic
International Trade and Finance
Feminist Philosophies
Bioethics
The Legal System
Money and Banking
Anarchism
Queer Theory

Possible Career Options

Public service
Law
Business
Non-profit work
Social work
Community organizing

Semester Study Abroad Opportunities

Australia I
Australia II
Austria
China
England I
England II
Fiji
Germany II
Ghana
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Netherlands
New Zealand
Scotland
South Korea
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand I

These GlobalTransy programs have at least two courses related to the major.

Interested in studying abroad for a summer? Take a look at our summer study abroad opportunities.

Contacts

Peter Fosl, Professor of Philosophy;  Program Director

(859) 233-8233

Katie Banks, Social Sciences Administrative Assistant

(859) 233-8110

Address:
Carpenter Academic Center
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway Lexington, KY
40508-1797

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