Philosophy, Politics, and the Public

Undergraduate Program (HAB)

Do you want to change the world? First you’ll need to understand it! We fuel our students’ passion for politics, government, and community with meaningful internship experiences and international study, built into our curriculum. Straddling disciplinary boundaries, PPP equips you with the tools and wisdom you need to make a difference and do well.

Sample Four-Year Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
PHIL 100 Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 3
ENGLISH 115 English Rhetoric 3
Foreign Language 3
Language I 3
Historical Perspectives (International or Non- Western Focus) 3
First-Year Seminar 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
PHIL 200 Philosophical Perspectives 3
PPUB 200 Power and the Public 3
Language II 3
THEO 111 Theological Perspectives 3
ECON 200 Microeconomic Principles 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
PPUB 246 Civil Society and Government, 3 additional hours from POLI, PHIL, HIST, ECON (includes Legal, non-profit, government internship) OR HIST 408 Constructing the Public or POLI 246 Mass Media and Politics (includes Electoral campaign internship) 6
MATH 156 General Statistics 3
Lit and the Moral Imagination 3
Theological Perspectives 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
POLI 329 Public Policy Practice, 3 additional hours from POLI, PHIL, HIST, ECON (includes Policy research and advocacy in DC) OR HIST 300 Writing in Public or POLI 329 Public Policy Practice (includes Policy research and advocacy in DC) 6
ECON 201 Macroeconomic Principles 3
Scientific Perspectives and Lab 3
Creative Perspectives 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
PHIL 336 Liberalism or PHIL 338 Enlightenment & Revolution 3
HIST 362 Global Cultures and Publics 3
ECON 307 Empirical Analysis in Economics 3
2 Free Electives 6
Optional Winter Intersession: *Israel Study Abroad 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
PHIL 337 Responses to Liberalism or PHIL 339 Revolution & its Aftermath 3
Natural Science Elective 3
3 Free Electives 9
Optional Spring Intersession: *PPP International Study Abroad 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
PPUB 400 Senior Supervision 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
PPUB 401 Senior Seminar 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Philosophy, Politics, and the Public major at Xavier:

Experience and mentorship: POLI 246 Mass Media and Politics/PPUB 246 Civil Society and Government - Learn by acting in public. Our students intern with electoral campaigns, legal non-profits, and government agencies as part of their sophomore year course work.

Learn with the experts: PPUB 400 Senior Supervision - In Senior Supervisions, ask hard questions and engage in advanced research under the guidance of dedicated faculty, along with a small number of your classmates.

Understanding power: POLI 329 Public Policy Practice - In Public Policy Practice, PPP students don’t just learn about issues of public concern. They travel to the centers of government—locally, regionally, and nationally—and see first-hand how power works, and advance public policies that they care about.

International Travel: PHIL 397 Paris Seminar in Political Theory - Learn about American politics by examining it through an international lens—alongside students from all over Europe at the University of Paris.

100% of graduates from Xavier's Philosophy, Politics & the Public program are employed, enrolled in a full-time graduate program or volunteering within 6 months of graduation.

100%

of graduates from Xavier's Philosophy, Politics & the Public program are employed, enrolled in a full-time graduate program or volunteering within 6 months of graduation.

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND COMMUNITY

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ACT IN THE WORLD

Whatever your political persuasion, our faculty, alumni, and friends of the program help connect you. Serious internship experiences in campaigns, government, and non-profit administration, and policy research and advocacy, from Cincinnati to Washington D.C. are baked into the program’s curriculum.

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NO LIMITS

Ask the big questions in your PPP classes. Add a second major that’s tailored to your interests and passions. Our interdisciplinary honors program blends intensive study and research with powerful experiences outside of classroom. Each of our students receive a scholarship to support international study.

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PERSONAL ATTENTION

Small class sizes allow you to ask the right questions and get the attention you need to succeed and learn. Our small, cohort-based program means that you study and learn with a small group of students who share your interest in the public. A community of friends support you as you come to challenge, analyze, and critique your own views.

Xavier by the numbers

100%

SUCCESS RATE

ALL

PPP STUDENTS STUDY ABROAD

50%

ENROLLMENT INCREASE WITHIN THE PAST 5 YEARS

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