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Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Major

What is a Major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics?

You will study some of the most important social, ethical, economic, and political problems that our contemporary societies face. Our program thinks about the wellbeing of individuals and societies in the 21st century. You will have the opportunity to take classes from many different disciplines and complete a research project.

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Why Study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Virginia Tech?

Our world faces problems that often cut across the boundaries of academic programs. Questions concerning market regulations, responsibilities of non-profit organizations, environmental sustainability, poverty, and global justice are all concepts that can only be considered through multiple perspectives. A major in philosophy, politics, and economics provides such analysis. You will develop comprehensive solutions that are economically sound, socially, ethically, and politically informed to solve complex problems. 

Core Academic Disiplines


Student Research Participation

Careers and Further Study

What can you do with a major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics?

Jobs Held by Our Graduates

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Consulting
  • Investment banking
  • Finance
  • Business administration
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Government
  • Public administration
  • Public policy
  • Healthcare
  • International affairs
  • International development
  • Non-profit organizations

Beyond the Classroom

Experiential Learning


You will develop an advanced research project that considers the interaction between philosophy, politics, and economics. You will work closely with a faculty mentor to plan a course of action, discuss your findings, and write a report on a topic that interests you.

You also have the opportunity to submit your original research to The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Review for publication. 

Study Abroad

Study abroad at places like Oxford University or at Virginia Tech’s Steger Center. Programs offer collaborative  research communities that provide immersive cultural experiences.



While working under the guidance of a faculty member and an experienced professional in the employing agency, students have the opportunity to transfer their knowledge to a profession. 

Get Involved 

You will have the opportunity to attend a speaker series that brings scholars and experts in the field to campus. Network with your peers and professionals as you integrate your classroom knowledge with real world challenges.



Our program offers an innovative research and learning environment that allows faculty and students to work collaboratively on problems of tomorrow’s world. There are 35 faculty members from different departments who are dedicated to working with you. Whether you are interested in philosophy, political science, economics, management, or marketing, you will find a faculty member to guide you. 



Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy Degree

Philosophy, Politics and Economics Major Requirements

  • Political Theory
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Introduction to U.S. Government 
  • The Theory of Games and Economic Behavior
  • Public Finance 
  • Economic Justice

Minor and Elective Hours

Our program gives you the opportunity to build knowledge in another area by pursuing a minor, double major, or cognate.

120 hrs
B.A. Philosophy

45 hrs
General Education

45-48 hrs
Major Requirements

27-30 hrs


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