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Philosophy, Politics, & Economics
Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE)


How do you understand and analyze complex issues like climate change, international conflict, and human rights? Studying PPE equips you to analyze these and many other issues from multiple angles, considering the philosophical underpinnings of fairness, the political institutions that shape behavior, and the economic consequences of decisions. Given its interdisciplinary nature, the PPE program offers students the opportunity to journey beyond the borders of any single discipline by offering an integrated study of philosophy, political science, and economics.  Examples of post-graduation opportunities include careers in law, foreign service, journalism, public office, think tanks, and post-graduate study in a variety of fields.   

Finish in Four*

with the skills to launch your career 

While the first PPE program

originated at Oxford University as a means to educate and train future members of Parliament, the program at Austin College prepares you for careers both in and outside of public service.   Upon graduation, with a degree in philosophy, politics, & economics you will: 

  • have a broad foundation of knowledge and lenses to comprehensively address the challenges your position presents; 
  • have a large array of methodological skills, both qualitative and quantitative; and 
  • be able to articulate complex oral and written analyses. 

Explore our Graduate Outcomes to learn more about what our graduates are doing today. 

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Audrey Flemming

Dr. Audrey Flemming

Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Rüçhan Kaya

Dr. Rüçhan Kaya

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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