May 26, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, B.A. and Masters of International Development M.S. 3+2

Location(s): West Palm Beach Campus (Day)

151 Credit Hours


Graduation Requirements

Conferral of a Baccalaureate degree in this program of study is determined by successful completion of the Baccalaureate Graduation Requirements outlined here .

NOTE: Students must earn 42 upper level (3000-4000) credit hours in order to graduate. A total of at least 21 of these upper level credit hours must be completed in the selected major.

Visit this program’s information page  for additional program-specific requirements.

Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) - 43 Credit Hours

PPE majors must meet the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements  as set out in Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Program .

It is highly recommended students choose an upper level course for the completion of both the Global Studies requirement as well as the Social Science requirement to meet the 42 upper level hours required for degree conferral. PPE majors must note that no course taken in satisfaction of the PPE major requirements may also count towards the satisfaction of either the Global Studies requirement or the Social Sciences requirement.

A grade of at least C- is required for Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) coursework in this program.

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, B.A. Program - 62 Credit Hours

PPE Major - 45 Credit Hours

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Additional Natural Science Requirements - 5 Credit Hours

Five additional hours of natural science: 1 lab to accompany the course taken for general education [BIO 1043 , BIO 1023 , ESC 1043 , OCY 1043 , PHY 1033  or PHY 1063 ], and one additional natural science course and accompanying lab. The two natural sciences must be in different areas: one must be a life science (biology) and the other must be a physical science (chemistry, physics, oceanography, earth science, or forensic science). In sum, students are required to take a minimum of 8 hours of natural science courses (one life science and one physical science, with their associated labs).

Modern Language Requirement - 12 Credit Hours

PPE majors are required to take four semesters of a modern language.

No CLEP, AP, IB or transient study credits may be used to fulfill this requirement. Students may take elementary or intermediate language courses or a combination of both.

Additional Required Credit Hours - 6 Credit Hours

These additional hours must be upper level (3000-4000 level) and may be fulfilled by a minor, second major, general electives taken concurrently, previous coursework taken at PBA or through transfer credits.



Masters of International Development Program - 42 Credit Hours

Masters of International Development students must complete all degree requirements of the Masters of International Development program.

Concentrations: (a) “Development Economics and Finance”, (b) “Development Policy”, or (c) “Applied Cultural Studies”


Undergraduates who major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) are required to take multiple philosophy courses. PPE majors may count the courses taken for the satisfaction of the Philosophy component of the PPE undergraduate degree as satisfying the requirements for the undergraduate minor in Philosophy.

Sample Degree Plan