As a PPE major, you’ll learn to combine knowledge of economic and political institutions with a broader vision of the goals and purposes of society.
Study philosophy, politics and economics in this major offered jointly by the three departments. The intersection of these fields of study will allow you to form your own educated opinions on matters crucial to the human condition.
You’ll take four classes in each discipline, receiving a foundation in the methods and issues of each. Then, you’ll choose one department to focus on with two more courses and a faculty advisor from that discipline.
All seniors take the course, Freedom, Markets and Well-Being, and complete the senior thesis and exercise.
The major provides excellent preparation for careers in law, business and public service.
What You'll Study
- Ethics and history of philosophy
- American or comparative politics
- Macroeconomics and microeconomics
- Five electives
- A senior thesis
Learning at Pomona
Sexual Politics in Romance Novels of the 1970s and 1980s
Emlyn Foxen ’16 explored how forces that influenced sexual politics and changing sexual mores were reflected and engaged with in romance novels about white, heterosexual women.
The Presidency and Congressional Polarization
Reese Gaines ’16 studied the skills needed by modern U.S. presidents to pass legislation with a polarized Congress, and the role of earmarks and unilateral actions.
Interning for the Boston Cyclists’ Union
Remy Rossi ’19 learned the ins and outs of non-profit advocacy work by attending policy meetings, managing donations, and fixing bikes in low-income neighborhoods.
I am majoring in PPE because while this world seems to become more chaotic, the intersections of politics, philosophical thought, and economic issues seem more pronounced and important than ever. I love the freedom to choose classes from three great departments and tailor the major to my specific interests.
Faculty & Teaching
Drawing from three departments, our PPE faculty has a wealth of experience and expertise. Four main faculty members administer the program, but through your electives and discipline focus, classes are available from more than 35 faculty members with diverse research interests and scholarly backgrounds.
The PPE major takes economics’ detailed understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of markets and their regulation, adds politics’ understanding of political institutions and processes, and takes the larger view of philosophy to help us to ask what it is we might hope to achieve through these institutions. It is a major for the student who wants to see the big picture while tackling the details.