Kevin Hoggatt

“PPP is the reason I came to Xavier.”

Kevin Hoggatt—Philosophy, Politics & the Public

Philosophy, Politics & the Public is as unique as it is challenging. Is it a major? Is it a program? “It’s both” says 2008 graduate Kevin Hoggatt. “It’s also the reason I came to Xavier. I was really attracted to the idea of combining philosophy with the practical aspects of enacting public policy.”

Now, in his third year as the Director of Economic Development and Special Projects for Ohio Senator Rob Portman, Kevin can also speak to how the practical aspects of a PPP major translates into a career with unlimited potential. His current position grew out of an internship while at Xavier. “My junior year I worked for Rob Portman’s office at the White House when he was the head of the Office of Management and Budget.”

And just like Kevin, for those who seek to discover the best in themselves, the doors of opportunity just continue to open wider and wider. “The PPP program teaches you how to learn, question and search for the truth of what is good and what is right. That questioning fits in with the Jesuit ideal and is good for creating an informed citizenry.”

Success in the PPP program demands focus, dedication and desire—three qualities that aptly describe Kevin’s personal philosophy. “Only 15 or 16 students are admitted every year to keep the class sizes small. You’re learning with the same group of students pretty much all the way through your classes.” The result is a well-rounded education that enables graduates to move on to even greater adventures like the Peace Corps, law school, academic careers, public service and more.

PPP at Xavier

Deeply embedded in the Jesuit values that Xavier is built upon is the idea of serving others. For some, that means helping the homeless. For others that means the world of politics. For others still, it means protecting the innocent.


Preparing you for politics from Cincinnati to Paris, Rome to Washington, Philosophy, Politics and the Public is Xavier's most interdisciplinary honors program. Its unique emphasis is serving the public - the lost group, it seems, in the political world.

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