The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program provides students a unique opportunity to study the three disciplines that together constitute our knowledge of how best to form and guide social and political policy.


The program has a core that requires the student to develop an understanding of, and ability to apply, the fundamentals of each of the constituting disciplines. Then, the student narrows focus to complete additional and more advanced work at the intersection of at least two of these disciplines. Students interested in pursuing careers in law, politics, public service, or any field concerned with developing or interpreting social policy, will find the course of study uniquely beneficial.

Our faculty are internationally recognized researchers and teachers. We have an active community of scholarship where students are welcome and encouraged to participate.

As a PP&E major you will learn study the core methods and theories of each of the constituting disciplines. Then, after completing your core requirements, you can specialize in two of the disciplines to more advanced study and work: political economy, philosophy and economics, or politics and philosophy.


Bachelor of Arts


  • skills in critical thinking and in formal and informal logic;
  • ability to identify, interpret, and evaluate arguments and construct arguments;
  • a command of existing knowledge in economics, and the ability to interpret and apply this knowledge;
  • ability to interpret and manipulate economic data;
  • ability to describe and analyze the principal philosophical, ethical, and economic concepts that have shaped the history of political theory, including political economy;
  • ability to research and write a substantial paper that advances a precise thesis and reflects the clear and effective organization of students' own interpretation of this research.

Career Opportunities

  • management
  • finance
  • health services administration
  • public health
  • government

Program Resources

The Oswego Guarantee

  • Timely course offerings
  • High touch connections to alumni
  • Small student to faculty ratio
  • Limited room & board increases each year
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Study Abroad

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The Philosophy Department offers many ways to get involved on campus outside of academics. Join the Philosophy Club and attend panel discussions, guest lectures and trips to conferences.


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