Politics, Philosophy, and Economics

Programs offered
  • Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (major and tracks) 

School of Business, Government, and Economics Faculty

Philosophy Faculty

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (BA)

The Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) major is an interdisciplinary program that combines studies in political science, philosophy, and economics, and requires a minimum 89-90 credits, including 41 upper-division credits. When you seek a bachelor’s degree in PPE, you will take a core of classes from each of these three disciplines. You will also choose from one of the following tracks:

  • Financial Economics track: Prepares students for careers in the world of finance and investments.
  • International Affairs track: Best for students interested in international politics.
  • Philosophy Track: Designed for students interested in more closely studying “great ideas” and the presuppositions behind many arguments.
  • Law Track: For students interested in attending law school or working in a policy-making career.
  • Public Administration track: Designed for those interested in pursuing careers in public or voluntary sector administration.
  • Social Enterprise track: Designed for students interested in focusing on how business can directly address social problems such as poverty and/or environmental sustainability.
  • Applied Economics track: Designed for students interested in studying the allocation of resources and its effects on human welfare.

As a student majoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics studying in our location on the Pacific Rim, you will be well positioned for employment in business, industry, government, agencies, and non-governmental organizations. You will also be positioned for further study in academic or professional graduate programs in the U.S. or around the world.

Additional competencies and requirements

Spreadsheet Competency requirement

Demonstration of spreadsheet competency is required of all students graduating with degrees in the School of Business, Government, and Economics. You can document this by passing BUS 1700 or by passing the MOS 77-420 exam. For questions regarding the Spreadsheets Competency Requirement, contact Dr. Richard Sleight at sl8@spu.edu.

New Majors Dessert attendance

Newly admitted students of majors in Business; Accounting; Economics; Global Development; and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics are required to attend an orientation event typically held in February each year. Admission to the major is conditional upon attendance.


As a PPE major, you’ll have the opportunity to think about important questions and develop solutions to pressing problems from multiple perspectives.

You’ll learn from professors who are experts in the fields of political science, philosophy, and economics in an environment that emphasizes both competence and integrity within the context of Christian faith and values.

Career opportunities

A PPE degree will prepare you for graduate school in disciplines such as law and public affairs and to work in fields such as politics/public policy or management consulting.

Apply to the major

Formal application and admission to the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major is required prior to enrollment in most upper-division courses. Admission is selective and based upon prior academic performance. You must complete the major requirements in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year of admittance to the major. 

To meet the minimum requirements for admission, you must:

  • Have attained at least sophomore standing (45 or more college credits).
  • Complete at least 15 credits in the major at SPU  (10 credits for transfer juniors and seniors).
  • Have either a 2.70 cumulative GPA and 2.70 major GPA at SPU, or a 3.0 major GPA. Major GPA does not include transfer work, only courses completed in program at SPUAttainment of the minimum GPA standards does not guarantee admission as the total number of students admitted is limited by capacity.
  • Submit an online application December 20–January 20. SBGE does not accept major applications outside this window.
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School of Business, Government, and Economics

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