Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
- Bachelor of Arts (BA), major or honours (with emphasis on one of the three disciplines)
Philosophy, politics, and economics at Mount Allison is the only PPE program in Canada east of Ontario, and one of only three in the country.
The PPE program offers students the opportunity of a multidisciplinary immersion in the problems that structure the human world. Courses in the PPE program are drawn from established courses in all three disciplines, with special topics courses offered in upper years.
In your philosophy classes you will cultivate a broad view of human experience and values by examining concepts like:
- how we can know the world
- the nature of justice
- our responsibility to others
The study of politics will give you insight into:
- the workings of government
- the meaning of citizenship
- how society, economy, and culture shape the political community
In economics, you will look at:
- the development of modern economies
- the evolution of economic systems
- the outcomes of economic policies
- the economic consequences of participation in trade, exchange, or employment
Most of the required courses for the program are at the first and second-year level, giving you greater flexibility in your upper years to tailor your courses to your interests.
Find a list of specific PPE courses in the academic calendar – philosophy, politics, and economics.
Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, and an honours?
Graduates of the PPE program are broadly educated to consider complex contemporary concerns.
Popular career paths for graduates include:
- public policy/business analyst
- economist for government, business, non-profit, or NGO
- cultural affairs/foreign service officer
- municipal administrator
- community/business/economic development officer
- human rights officer
- urban planner
- bank manager
- immigration/citizenship officer
- labour relations specialist
“PPE has allowed me to see that any study is interdisciplinary and you can better understand specific arts fields by using other disciplines. PPE has given me a variety of angles and ways to approach problems and issues in the world ranging from meticulously analyzing details and numbers to asking and grasping universal, big-picture issues.”
Gabrielle Gagnon (’19)
Philosophy, politics, and economics, minor drama
“I switched into PPE in my second year because I like how it has an extensive array of subjects that are all interconnected. The multidisciplinary approach is really attractive to me.”
Diane Ortiz-MacLeod (’18)
PPE, minor in international relations
“I really like the ability to look at a problem using the lens of philosophy or political science or economics. I particularly like the special topics courses and being able to bring my knowledge from each discipline to the discussion.”
Tierra Stokes (’18)
Honours PPE, focus in political science
Spruce Grove, AB
L.R. Wilson Internships
The L.R. Wilson Internships provide students in Mount Allison's PPE program with an opportunity to gain valuable experience working as a summer intern in an organization with a public policy or public service focus. Each year up to two students are selected.
It's easy to get involved outside the classroom with these student-run clubs and societies:
- Economics Society
- Fair Vote Canada
- Green Party MtA
- Investment Club MtA
- Model United Nations MtA
- Philosophy Society
- Political Science and International Relations Society
- PPE Society
- Young Liberal Association MtA
- Young New Democrats MtA
Dr. Frank Strain
Research interests: economic growth and development, labour economics, the Atlantic Canadian economy, fiscal federalism, and economic history