Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
Study who we are as human beings to discern how we can best live.
PPE at King’s
The Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major at The King’s College teaches students the fundamental principles of these three “ruling disciplines.” Oxford University created the first PPE degree in 1920 for training leaders of the British Empire. It is the curriculum of statesmen for leadership in any important sphere of life. King’s unique PPE program strengthens this tradition with a coherent core and a biblical grounding. We study the masterworks of each discipline, including the works of Plato and Aristotle, Augustine and Anselm, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, Adam Smith, and F.A. Hayek. This major explores who we are as human beings: what and how we know (Philosophy), how we live together and govern ourselves (Politics), and how we think about wealth and poverty (Economics), because, as Jesus Christ observed, how we handle those things reveals what—or who—we treasure the most.
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Drawing from perspectives ranging from ancient to contemporary, the PPE major builds upon the required Core to present the fundamentals of political thought, constitutional law, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, macroeconomics, and political economy.Courses & Concentrations
Minors add specialty in an additional discipline, which can communicate expertise to graduate schools or prospective employers.
The business management minor equips students from any major with a range of essential management skills, including managerial decision-making, project management, organizational design, and marketing.
Students in the Culture and the Arts minor study the cultural productions of world cultures and societies: architecture, sculpture, painting, literature, music, drama, religion, and philosophy.
The finance minor equips students to understand financial modeling, investments, and how financial markets function.
The History minor provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the key questions and methods in understanding what events, peoples, and ideas brought humans to the contemporary world.
The International Affairs minor provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the key questions, ideas, and institutions that animate contemporary relations among peoples and states.
The International Business minor provides students with a broad-based understanding of key issues in international commerce, politics, and economic development, and offers students the chance to explore opportunities in the global marketplace.
In the journalism minor, students learn about reporting and writing as well as opinion, magazine, and advanced feature writing journalism. Students can submit to the campus newspaper and hear presentations from top journalists funded by the The John McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute.
Students who minor in Literature will encounter a broad range of imaginative works, including the epics of ancient Greece and Rome, the history of poetry in the English language, the plays of Shakespeare, and a sampling of classics from Europe and America.
The media studies minor trains students to examine our society’s conversation with itself and understand how it relates to our public and private choices in areas such as entertainment, newsgathering and life in our ever-changing democracy.
In the Museum Studies minor and concentration, students will learn museum management and museology, as well as how museums communicate historical narratives outside of a traditional academic setting. This minor will prepare students to work in nonprofit arts management, educational programming, archival library work, or any number of related fields.
The pre-law minor prepares students to read and evaluate complex legal materials through courses in constitutional law, literature, legal issues, and financial accounting.
The minor in Technology, Innovation and Design provides students the opportunity to explore various facets of technology and its influence in contemporary culture while also pursuing some basic, highly-sought-after design and technology skills.
The theology minor builds upon the biblical and theological training that all students receive as part of the Core to equip graduates to bring the light of Christ into their careers and communities in ways appropriate to their callings.
PPE faculty includes full-time professors who have distinguished themselves in their fields and visiting and adjunct professors who work in challenging and influential positions.
David C. Innes
Dr. Khalil Habib, associate professor of philosophy and director of the Pell Honors Program at Salve Regina University, delivered a guest lecture at King’s on the rise and fall of political regimes through two works of the ancient Athenian playwright Aristophanes.Read More
International Affairs Conference
Madeleine Castle (’18) represented The King’s College at the annual conference hosted by the United States Military Academy at West Point as a delegate to the “NATO and the Future of U.S. Alliances” roundtable.Read More
Class of ’10
After his undergraduate studies at King’s, Brendan earned his Master of Theological Studies at Duke Divinity School, graduating with the highest GPA in his class and the faculty-selected award for Excellence in Bible. He is now continuing in Duke’s doctoral program.
Class of ’11
Danielle, a Teach For America alumna, imparts her love of learning to eighth-graders in a Brooklyn charter school while showing her colleagues what it means to joyfully follow Christ.
Class of ’10
At World Vision, Erisa coordinates emergency responses to humanitarian crises like armed conflicts, flooding, and tribal warring in South Sudan. She designs strategies with point people from UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations.