• Enable you to reason at a high level about political and economic decisions, by integrating statesmanship with economic knowledge of cause-and-effect relations, and philosophical knowledge of ethics and human nature
  • Do political discussions lead you to questions about right and wrong and human nature?  Or do ethical discussions lead you to look for practical solutions?  If your thoughts slide between philosophy, politics, and economics, then PPE is your best match.
  • If you fear none of these disciplines, and want to integrate them, the PPE major will challenge you to become a philosopher, statesman, and economist with an understanding of statistics and a foreign language.
  • The PPE’s Philosophy courses include studies of Ethics, Logic, and Human Nature.
  • The PPE’s Political courses include studies of Classical and American political thought, and the American Constitution.
  • The PPE’s Economics courses cover both micro- and macroeconomics.
  • In addition, you take statistics and your choice of either a foreign language or further studies in mathematics.
  • All of these studies are integrated in our interdisciplinary Senior Seminar in Contemporary Problems.
With a PPE bachelor’s degree from Belmont Abbey College, you will be able to pursue a variety of career opportunities, including:

  • Statesman
  • Diplomat
  • Politician
  • Lawyer

The Abbey Difference:

Our program at Belmont Abbey College is based on the Oxford PPE program that has produced many presidents, prime ministers, and other world leaders.  Our program is ideal for future political leaders as well as future lawyers, as philosophy majors score highest (and economics majors third highest) on the LSAT.  But many PPE majors will find their vocations in finance, consulting, and business.  The three disciplines (philosophy, politics, and economics) together provide the skills to succeed in graduate school and to climb organizational ladders, and typically provide better salaries than business majors.

  • From its beginnings at the University of Oxford, the PPE model has spread to many of the top colleges in the English-speaking world.  Belmont Abbey College offers the first PPE program in the Charlotte area.
  • In Philosophy, we focus on the Aristotelian and Thomistic traditions, in dialogue with modern and postmodern thinkers such as Locke, Rousseau, and Nietzsche.
  • In Politics, we focus on both Classical and American polity.
  • In Economics, we introduce you to the breadth of economic thought, including the Chicago Neoclassical, the Post-Keynesian, and the Austrian schools of economics.

Experience Highlights:

  • Small classes with dedicated teachers, at a beautiful campus!
  • PH301 The Good Life (Ethics):  How should humans live?  Study the main approaches to ethics as represented by Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Mill, and Nietzsche, and apply these approaches to contemporary issues.
  • PO361 American Political Thought I:  Study the political ideas of American statesmen and thinkers such as Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, Hamilton, and Calhoun.
  • EC317 Intermediate Microeconomics: Learn the foundations of economic analysis in this course on price theory, with applications to labor, commodities, and financial markets.

Program Requirements:

Philosophy Requirements:

  • PH 202 Introduction to Logical Reasoning
  • PH 301 The Good Life (Ethics)
  • PH 330 Philosophy of Mind and Human Nature
  • At least 3 additional course hours from among Philosophy (PH) courses at the 300- or 400-level
    OR TH 340 Catholic Social Teaching: God and the Good Society

Politics Requirements:

  • PO 309 American Constitutional Law I
  • PO 361 American Political Thought I
  • PO 401 Classical Political Philosophy
  • At least 3 additional course hours from among Government and Political Philosophy (PO) courses at the 300- or 400-level.

Economics Requirements:

  • EC 201 Introductory Economics I
  • EC 202 Introductory Economics II
  • At least 6 additional course hours from among 6 hours Economics (EC) courses at the 300- or 400-level.

Further Requirements:

  • MA 208 Statistics OR EC 306 Quantitative Analysis
  • PE 300 PPE Seminar in Contemporary Problems
  • Either 6 credit hours in one language
    OR 6 credit hours from among the following:

    • Mathematics (MA) courses at the 200-level or higher
    • History (HI) courses at the 200-level or higher
    • PC 330 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • PC 360 Social Psychology
    • Internship
    • Senior Thesis (in either PH, PO, or EC)

Electives: 19–22 hours

Note on Specialization: We recommend that students also pursue a minor. They can minor in one of the three branches (Philosophy, Politics, or
Economics) by taking at least 9 additional credit hours in that area in order to get a Minor. Or they can take another minor. But 22 hours of electives is not
enough to obtain a Double Major in another area.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Required Courses:

  • PE 300 PPE Seminar in Contemporary Problems
  • Two courses at the 300- or 400-level in Philosophy (PH)
  • Two courses at the 300- or 400-level in Government and Political Philosophy (PO)
  • Two courses at the 300- or 400-level in Economics (EC)

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Belmont Abbey College Campus

Faculty

Philosophy:

Dr. Matthew Siebert
Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy
B.A., University of Winnipeg
M.Phil., University of Oxford
Ph.D., University of Toronto

Br. Anselm Cundiff, O.S.B.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
B.A., University of North Texas
M.A., University of Dallas
Ph.D., University of Dallas

Economics:

Dr. Gary J. Scott
Professor and Chair, Department of Business & Economics
B.A., Bowling Green State
M.A., Bowling Green State University
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Michael Szpindor Watson
Assistant Professor of Economics
B.A., Indiana University
Ph.D. (candidate), George Mason University

Political:

Dr. Laurence Reardon
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Government and Political Philosophy
B.S. Computer Science, University College Dublin
M.A. Political Theory, The Catholic University of America
Ph.D. Political Theory, The Catholic University of America

Dr. Eugene Thuot
Professor Emeritus
B.A. Philosophy, Assumption College
M.A. Political Science, University of Chicago
Ph.D. Political Science, University of Chicago

Dr. Travis Cook
Associate Professor of Government and Political Philosophy
B.A., University of Maine
M.A., Boston College
Ph.D., Loyola University, Chicago

Dr. Joseph F. Wysocki
Associate Professor of Government and Political Philosophy
B.A., Belmont Abbey College
M.A., Baylor University
Ph.D., Baylor University

Dr. D. Scott Broyles
Director St. Thomas More Scholarship Program Associate Professor, Government and Political Philosophy
B.A., Wake Forest University
M.A., University of Dallas
J.D., Washington & Lee School of Law
Ph.D., University of Dallas

Mary Imparato
Visiting Assistant Professor in Government & Political Philosophy
B.A., Harvard University
M.A., City University of New York/Queens College
Ph.D. (candidate), Rutgers University