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Program Overview

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 the logical and historical connections among philosophical, political, and economic thought, Transylvania’s PPE program engages students with both the way these disciplinary streams flow into each other and also the way they (often fruitfully) clash.

Unlike other PPE programs, Transylvania’s curriculum draws on courses from programs outside of the core disciplines, including courses in history, literature, sociology, business, women’s studies, and the fine arts.

Students will find that a PPE major provides powerful preparation for graduate study and careers in law, business, public policy, and public service.

The Transylvania Edge

Transylvania University's PPE degree program 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.

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