Philosophy, Politics and the Public

Program Features

Philosophy, Politics, and the Public is a rigorous, interdisciplinary four-year honors program at Xavier University. PPP students understand the diversity and complexity of the public sphere through demanding academic study in philosophy, political science, history, economics, and beyond. As part of their coursework, students engage in public action, through internship work in politics, government, and civil society, and policy advocacy, from Cincinnati City Hall to the US Capitol. PPP graduates are public leaders and engaged citizens, working in law, government, politics, elections, education, and the private sector.

Admission to the Philosophy, Politics and the Public Honors Program is competitive. It requires completion of an application to the program, including an application essay. Students who show promise and demonstrate a passion for the study of the public and participation in public life are particularly encouraged to apply. While students typically rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class, and present composite scores of at least 1300 (SAT) or 29 (ACT), these are not strict requirements for admission. The Program Director may request an interview following the submission of an application.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Philosophy, Politics and the Public major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • PHIL 100 Ethics as Intro to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 115 English Rhetoric............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language............ 3cr.
  • Language I............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives (International or Non- Western Focus)............ 3cr.
  • First-Year Seminar............ 3cr.

Spring

  • PHIL 200 Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • PPUB 200 Power and the Public............ 3cr.
  • Language II............ 3cr.
  • THEO 111 Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • ECON 200 Microeconomic Principles............ 3cr.

Fall

  • EITHER (HIST 408 AND PPUB 210) OR (PPUB 246 AND 3 additional hours from PHIL, ECON, POLI, HIST) ............ 6cr.
  • MATH 156 General Statistics............ 3cr.
  • Lit and the Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.

Spring

  • POLI 329 Public Policy Practice (includes policy research and advocacy in DC)............ 3cr.
  • HIST 300 Writing in Public OR 3 additional hours from POLI, PHIL,ECON............ 3cr.
  • ECON 201 Macroeconomic Principles............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspectives and Lab............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspectives and Lab............ 3cr.

Fall

  • PHIL 336 Liberalism or PHIL 338 Enlightenment & Revolution............ 3cr.
  • HIST 362 Global Cultures and Publics............ 3cr.
  • ECON 307 Empirical Analysis in Economics............ 3cr.
  • 2 Free Electives............ 6cr.
  • Optional Winter Intersession: *Israel Study Abroad............ 3cr.

Spring

  • PHIL 337 Responses to Liberalism or PHIL 339 Revolution & its Aftermath............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • 3 Free Electives............ 9cr.
  • Optional Spring Intersession: *PPP International Study Abroad............ 3cr.

Fall

  • PPUB 400 Senior Supervision............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • PPUB 401 Senior Seminar............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.
  • Free Elective............ 3cr.

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.

Clubs

Center for Faith and Justice

The Center challenges and supports students as they deepen their spiritual lives, pursue justice and promote pluralism.

The Xavier Newswire

Newswire is Xavier's weekly campus newspaper that is written and edited by the students of Xavier University. The goal of Xavier Newswire is to inform the campus community, spark conversation, voice student concerns and offer students an outlet to grow as journalists.

All Xavier Clubs

Outcomes

100% of students from Xavier's honors programs, including Philosophy, Politics and the Public, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Congressional and Senatorial Aide, Corporate Affairs Manager, Government Affairs Director, Global Climate Program Coordinator, Communications Manager, Attorney, Campaign Manager, Marketing Manager, Policy Analyst, Professor

Top Companies: United States Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, Cincinnati City Councilmembers, Deloitte, Kroger Company, City of Cincinnati Department of Community and Economic Development, Teach for America, Americorps

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Study Abroad

All PPP students receive a scholarship to study abroad in their Junior year. Spend a semester at a Xavier partner institution in locations like London, Buenos Aires, Seoul, or Bologna. Join your classmates on a PPP faculty-led trip to Israel or Paris. In addition, every Sophomore travels to Washington DC to engage in policy advocacy and research.


Education Abroad

Career Outcomes

100 percent of Xavier PPP students are employed, enrolled in a full-time graduate program or volunteering within six months of graduation.


Career Outcomes

Internships

Students gain a better understanding of the political process through internships that immerse them in real issues and challenges facing policy makers at the federal, state and local levels.


Career Development

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Philosophy, Politics and the Public Major at Xavier University

The Philosophy, Politics and the Public Program brings together many of Xavier's traditional curricular strengths in an innovative and rigorous undergraduate honors program of study focusing on the unifying concept of "the public sphere" in democratic societies. The program is inspired by the Philosophy, Politics & Economics programs commonly found in the British university system, but differs from them by placing greater emphasis upon philosophical conceptions and historical context. Students are encouraged to follow their own interests in the theoretical engagement of the public in its many embodiments and meanings. In addition, the theoretical work in the program is complemented by engagement in the active world of politics through working on political campaigns, lobbying of behalf of legislation, internships in local and national government offices and summer study in Paris that includes a seminar in Brussels, the seat of the European Union. The program is highly selective, with 15 to 20 freshman students enrolling each fall.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."