Well known for preparing servant leaders who step boldly into the world, Austin College has implemented a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) program that is designed to help students explore and make connections across those disciplines.
PPE was first offered at Oxford University about 100 years ago to educate political leaders. Today, the aim of PPE has expanded, and the number of programs has grown worldwide to more than 100 institutions of higher education.
Students can go “deep and wide” in this program and bypass the regular requirement of completing a minor; they complete a capstone project that includes independent research with a faculty advisor. Austin College PPE program directors are Dr. Audrey Fleming, Associate Professor of Political Science; Dr. Mark Hébert, Associate Professor of Philosophy; and Dr. Daniel Nuckols, Associate Professor of Economics.
Upon completing the PPE program, students are prepared to enter work in public and private sectors, business, and nonprofit arenas. Those who continue to postgraduate education are poised for deeper study in philosophy, economics, political science, business, policy, and public affairs.