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Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA

(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 30.5101 Philosophy, Politics, and Economics)

Department of Philosophy

135 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4150

Ryan Muldoon
Director, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program

Why study Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA at UB?

The BA program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) provides students with a set of interdisciplinary tools to think rigorously about complex social problems. Students learn about the relationship between markets and morality, the role institutions play in shaping our politics and economics, and how social norms can shape our behavior. Societies are rife with deep disagreements about what constitutes justice. Students who study PPE will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of our political life, and tools for promoting positive social change. After receiving training in the core methods of PPE, students choose to focus on one of three thematic domains, each relating to a particular level of governance: Local, National and Global. This allows students to gain a detailed understanding of the challenges unique to their chosen level. Students will complete their degree with practical tools to solve important problems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, a Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the application of models to the explanation and prediction of behavior in the social sciences and as aids to decision making, as well as the evaluation of the limitations of models.
  • Use and evaluate normative reasoning in model-aided decision-making. Students will be able to identify and evaluate normative assumptions in models created by others, and capture normative considerations in their own models.
  • Incorporate empirical evidence, theoretical social science, and normative considerations into their written and oral arguments.
  • Synthesize information from multiple disciplines into their written work.
  • Explain how economic and political change is facilitated or constrained by institutions.
  • Apply these skills towards a particular level of political organization – local, national, or global.

The Learning Environment

Philosophy, Politics and Economics courses include both large introductory-level lectures and smaller lectures on more advanced topics. All courses, whether large or small, incorporate opportunities for class discussion. Remote versions of some introductory-level courses are offered regularly, especially in the summer and winter semesters.

About Our Facilities

The Philosophy, Politics and Economics program is housed on the first floor of Park Hall. Most PPE courses are held in centrally-scheduled classrooms and lecture halls on the north campus.

About Our Faculty

The Philosophy, Politics and Economics program draws from faculty in Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, and across the social sciences.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Philosophy department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Many PPE majors go on to post-baccalaureate study in law, business, philosophy, political science, economics, and public policy. Thanks to the rigorous, practical training that majors receive, PPE majors can find success in business, consulting, public service, and a variety of other analysis-driven fields.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising with the PPE program is done by the program director Students with questions or concerns regarding Academic Advisement should consult with UB’s College of Arts and Sciences advising services.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Professor Ryan Muldoon, Director

Scholarships and Financial Support

PPE students may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

  • UB Financial Aid, including scholarships
  • Nationally competitive Fellowships and Scholarships
  • UB College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Awards
Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:04:15