Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Prepare to become an active, engaged citizen in American life and our globalized world. Join us and become an adaptive thinker and leader.
ASU’s interdisciplinary Certificate in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) expands students’ perspectives about moral, economic, and political issues, and provides them with conceptual tools to understand and address major problems in the world today.
Pressing social problems, from institutional discrimination and climate change to criminal justice reform and fair wages, are complex. Obvious solutions often create unintended consequences that compound the original problem. By integrating the approaches of philosophy, politics and economics, the certificate offers a holistic understanding of such problems and of possible solutions – great preparation for leadership in the public or private sectors.
You will develop analytical skills and acquire useful concepts through a course in each of these disciplines, and have the opportunity to integrate them through both an introductory and a capstone course. These courses will complement your degree and add value to your careers in public office, law, business, philanthropy, engineering, journalism among others.
The PPE certificate is a collaboration between four ASU units: the School of History, Philosophical and Religious Studies, the School of Politics and Global Studies, the Department of Economics in the W. P. Carey School of Business, and the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.
The Center for the Study of Economic Liberty offers further programming and community for students and faculty in the PPE program.
At a Glance: program details
- Location: Tempe campus
- Additional Program Fee: No
- Second Language Requirement: No
The certificate in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics requires a minimum of 15 credit hours, of which at least 12 must be upper division. All courses for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale). For more information, contact the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.
Required Courses - 6 credit hours
Economic Electives (choose one) - 3 credit hours
Philosophy Electives (choose one) - 3 credit hours
Political Science Electives (choose one) - 3 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.
A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.
Program Contact Information
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