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Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Explore three of the most important fields in shaping our understanding of society, Canadian public policy, and the world. You'll take study a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that prepare you for careers in business or government, to undertake studies in law, business, commerce, journalism, social work, education, or public administration.

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Program Information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • 4 yrs Length
  • Yes Co-op Option
  • No Honours Option

The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) program draws together three of the most important fields in understanding our society and our world. Philosophy teaches logic, ethics, and critical thinking; politics examines the institutions that form policies and determine the rules by which we are governed; and economics studies how we make decisions as individuals and groups in our increasingly global world market. The program is intended to provide a focused education in the economic, political, and philosophical issues facing Canadians.

Experiential learning and research

You have the opportunity to participate in the annual Roger Watts Advocacy Debate as part of a student team, with prizes of $1,000 for the first-place finishers and $500 for the runners-up. In your coursework, you have abundant research opportunities, especially in upper-level courses. You have the option of two directed studies courses, where you will undertake a supervised investigation of an assigned topic, culminating in a major term paper. The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase student research projects. There are research award opportunities within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, as well as other merit-based cash awards available to you.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Program Requirements

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