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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

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PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, AND ECONOMICS (PPE)

Looking for a new direction?

Do you find yourself glued to the television during the election season? Is a copy of the Wall Street Journal in your backpack? Do you look forward to family reunions to debate public policy with your uncle? Are you genuinely interested in the study and application of philosophy, politics or economics? If the answer is yes, you may be interested in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s new bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE). This unique combination of disciplines allows you to focus on the dynamic relationships between the economic, political and legal systems of our society. The PPE major will prepare you for a career in law, business, public policy, journalism, civil service or international affairs.

Why major in PPE?

The PPE program requires students to complete in-depth study and analysis of the relationships between the political, economic and legal systems of our society. Only after this in-depth study and analysis can we begin to understand, evaluate and influence these complicated relationships.

PPE allows students the flexibility to determine their area of concentration—philosophy, political science or economics—and to position themselves for a variety of careers or areas of graduate study. The content of the major can be broad and diverse, but all students who work through the curriculum develop an appreciation of our society's complex central institutions and problems. At the same time, PPE students acquire the analytical skills required to engage and critically evaluate these institutions.

Requirements of the PPE degree

When you decide to major in PPE, you are required to take core courses in philosophy, political science, and economics. In addition, you must choose an area of concentration and complete a senior thesis in philosophy, political science or economics. A PPE major requires 44 general education credits, 33-34 major core credits, 15 credits in your chosen area of concentration, and 15 credits of free electives. This structure ensures that you will receive a solid understanding of each of the three disciplines, as well as develop an area of expertise.

 

Philosophy, Politics & Economics Major Requirements

General Education:               44 credits

Major Core:                           33-34 credits

Concentration area:             15 credits

Free Electives:                      15 credits

 

Required Language:

8 credits required for Bachelor of Arts

None required for Bachelor of Science

 

Required Minor:

None

Required courses

Course #

Course Title

Credits

PHIL 224W

 

PHIL 240W

Business Ethics

or

Law, Justice, and Society

3

 

3

PHIL 323W

 

PHIL 440

 Philosophy of Economics

or

Philosophy of Law

 3

 

3

PHIL 120W

Introduction to Ethics 

3

POL 111

 U.S. Government

3

POL 231

or

POL 241

World Politics

or

Intro to Comparative Politics

3

or

3

Any ONE of the following:

POL 311

or

POL 312

or

POL 313

or

POL 410

or

POL 414

or

POL 415

or

POL 416

 

 

Ancient and Medieval Political Philosophy

or

Modern Political Philosophy

or

Contemporary Political Philosophy

or

Topics in Political Theory

or

Early U.S. Political Thought

or

Recent U.S. Political Thought

or

Nonwestern Political Philosophy

 

 

3

or

3

or

3

or

3

or

3

or

3

or

3

 

 

 

ECON 201

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ECON 202

Principles of Microeconomics

3

ECON 355

Intermediate Microeconomics

3

 

 

 

Any statistics course in PSYC, SOC, MATH, ECON, or POL

Statistics

3-4

 

 

 

PHIL 495 & 496

or

POL 492 or ECON 482

Senior Thesis I & II

or

Individual Study

3

 

 

 

 

Total Requirement of Core Courses

33-34

 

Philosophy Concentration Requirements (15 credits)

Students must take 5 courses from among the following:

Course #

Course Title

Credits

PHIL 321W

Social and Political Philosophy

3

PHIL 322W

PHIL 323W

Ethical Theory

Philosophy of Economics

3

3

PHIL 334W

Classical Philosophy

3

PHIL 336W

Renaissance and Modern Philosophy

3

PHIL 337

19th Century Philosophy

3

PHIL 338

American Philosophy

3

PHIL 358

Eastern Philosophy

3

PHIL 437

PHIL 440

Contemporary Philosophy

Philosophy of Law

3

3

PHIL 450

Special Topics (subject to approval by advisor)

3-9

PHIL 455

Existentialism and Phenomenology

3

PHIL 474

PHIL 480

Philosophy of the Mind

Philosophy of Science

3

3

PHIL 499

Individual Study

1-6

 

Total Requirement of Philosophy Concentration

15

 

Political Science Concentration Requirements (15 credits)

Course #

Course Title

Credits

PHIL

Choose one PHIL course from options listed in table above

3

POL 450

or

POL 451

or

POL 453

or

POL 454

or

POL 455

Topics in Public Law

or

Administrative Law

or

Constitutional Law

or

Civil Liberties

or

American Legal Philosophy

3

or

3

or

3

or

3

or

3

Choose three additional POL courses listed in table above (two of which must be 300-400 level).

9

Total Requirement of Political Science Concentration

15

 

Economics Concentration Requirements (15 credits)

Course #

Course Title

Credits

Choose five additional 300-400 level courses offered by the Department of Economics.

15

Total Requirement of Economics Concentration

15

 

Mission:

The mission of the Philosophy, Politics & Economics major is to prepare students for a variety of careers in law, business, public policy, journalism, civil service, and international affairs.  In addition, the program serves as an excellent pre-law major, and prepares students for a variety of graduate fields of study.    

For more information on a PPE major, contact:

Dr. Joshua Preiss

  • Director of Program & PPE Advisor for Philosophy
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Department of Philosophy
  • 227 Armstrong Hall
  • Mankato, MN 56001
  • joshua.preiss@mnsu.edu

 

Dr. Joe Kunkel

  • PPE Advisor for Political Science
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Department of Political Science
  • 109 Morris Hall
  • Mankato, MN 56001
  • joseph.kunkel@mnsu.edu

 

Dr. Ved Sharma

  • PPE Advisor for Economics
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Department of Economics
  • 150 Morris Hall
  • Mankato, MN 56001
  • ved.sharma@mnsu.edu

 

A member or the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University.