Politics/ Philosophy/ Economics

In this major, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics are combined in a multidisciplinary effort to study modern political science, questions of political philosophy, pursue social scientific research, and apply economic analysis in problem solving. The multidisciplinary trio provides a solid foundation in disciplines critical to decision making and leadership in economic, political, and social service institutions.

Western’s Economics Department is part of the College of Business and Economics. The Department of Political Science and Department of Philosophy are part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Beyond the Classroom

Students are encouraged to join clubs in any of the three disciplines:

Some students work with the department or Career Services Center to find internships. Examples of recent student internships include the WA State House of Representatives and the Whatcom County Office of Public Defenders.

 

Careers and Graduate Studies

The Politics/Philosophy/Economics (PPE) major prepares its graduates for careers in public policy and public service, consulting, journalism (reporting on political and economic issues), law, and international affairs. An excellent pre-law major, PPE also offers suitable preparation for graduate study in any of the participating disciplines. PPE majors have gone on to some of the nation's most prestigious law and professional schools, to successful careers in business, public service, policy-making and journalism, and to graduate studies in various sub-fields.

 

Employers of Recent Western Graduates:

  • New York City Law Department: Paralegal
  • Washington State House of Representatives: Legislative Assistant to Representative Kristine Lytton
  • Western Washington University: Veterans Program Coordinator

 

“I like Economics because it is logical and systematic, but can be applied in different ways.”

- Sam Martinez, Student

 

Sample Careers

  • Attorney
  • Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Diplomat
  • Urban/Regional Planner

Politics/ Philosophy/ Economics, BA

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