The King's College

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics

Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics

King’s models its Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major on Oxford University’s program. The result is a Christian curriculum rooted in the great ideas and works of Western Civilization that shapes strong, principled, historically-informed leaders. 

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The Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major at The King’s College teaches students the fundamental principles of the three ruling disciplines with a strong theological bent in order to develop influential leaders. Oxford University created the first Politics, Philosophy, and Economics degree in 1920. Since then, more than two dozen colleges and universities have adopted the idea and developed their own versions of the degree. The King’s College’s PPE program takes its inspiration from this tradition, but with its own Kingsian bent.

We study works in politics, from Plato’s Republic to the writings of statesmen like John Adams and Abraham Lincoln. We read Augustine and Anselm, Friedman and F.A. Hayek. Our graduates begin their careers in top law schools, graduate programs, corporations, media outlets, and think tanks worldwide. 

Curriculum

FIRST, WE READ. THEN, WE LEAD.

Students build a foundation in the Core Curriculum, then move on to intensive, courses in all three disciplines designed to address historical and contemporary ideas that shape and challenge our lives. 

In Politics, we examine foundational questions raised in Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Politics, then explore the American political tradition, its history, philosophic formation, and expression in literature. In Philosophy, we study the metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics of the major philosophers in a historical sequence. In Economics, we study how wealth is created or human potential squandered, how we make choices based on expected costs and benefits, and how markets coordinate these choices through fluctuating prices. 

Upperclassmen study court decisions in constitutional law that change the course of American life, address issues in American civil rights and global human rights, and form positions on morality in commerce, technology, and medicine.

FACULTY

The Politics, Philosophy, and Economics faculty is comprised of full-time professors who have distinguished themselves in their fields and visiting and adjunct professors who work in challenging and influential positions.

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Dr. David C. Innes, Chair of the Program in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics

CAREERS
LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES FOR LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE.

The Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major at King’s prepares students for a wide variety of career paths. Students study persuasive writing and speaking, helping them not just have ideas, but present them winsomely. Combined with the opportunities for internships in New York City, students are prepared to begin meaningful work upon graduation.

Our PPE majors enter into graduate school, take positions at research institutes, and write and speak about values of honor, truth, and integrity. Alumni share important ideas and produce useful work at public, private, for-profit, and non-profit organizations.

REAL-WORLD SUCCESS

79% of King’s graduates completed an internship as an undergraduate.

POPULAR INTERNSHIPS
Acton Institute
International Business Times
New York Historical Society
New Jersey Family Policy Council
Socrates in the City

WHAT EMPLOYERS ARE SAYING:
“As the Markets Editor for International Business Times I have been delighted with the quality of our intern from The King’s College. The intern who came to us from TKC was well-prepared to contribute to and benefit from the digital journalism we practice. As a result of our intern’s competence and ambition a job was offered and accepted, and our team of financial journalists is the better for it. I look forward to future opportunities of working with more interns from The King’s College.”
-Mike O., Senior Editor, Money, International Business Times

CAREERS

THINK TANK RESEARCHER
LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT
JOURNALIST
SPEECH WRITER
SENATOR ECONOMIST
THEOLOGICAL WRITER
LOBBYIST CAMPAIGN MANAGER
POLITICAL CONSULTANT
LAWYER
JUDGE
DIVINITY SCHOOL STUDENT
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER
EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT OFFICER