The PPP curriculum creates an interdisciplinary investigation into the past, present, and future of democratic institutions in theory and in practice.  It teaches students to see the world in a connected way, through the intersection between history, politics, philosophy, and language.  The program provides students with conscience (philosophy), tools (politics), and the setting in which we can use what we have learned (the public).

The program does not favor philosophy or politics. The flexible nature of the curriculum allows students to dive deeper into whichever field(s) they choose. More importantly, the program highlights the ways in which philosophy and politics interact.

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Students will have the option to opt for a Fifth Year Master’s option.  By design, the student will complete the first year of the Master’s program in ‘Private Interests & Public Good’ during their senior year.  And, the fifth year would be the second year of the Master’s program.


Each student will complete a 18 credit hour concentration.  The student will select a concentration at the end of the sophomore year so as to provide guidance their selection of electives during their Junior and Senior years.  The following concentrations are available:

  • ·  Economic Sustainability & the Public Sphere: economic analysis, urban and regional economics, environmental economics concentration
  • ·  Media, Politics, & the Public Sphere: communications, political science, and sociology concentration.
  • ·  Global Cultures & the Publics Sphere: languages minor, global histories, and economics concentration.
  • ·  Political Science & The Public Sphere: political science, analytical politics, and philosophical politics, and international relations concentration

The program places a heavy emphasis on out-of-the-classroom learning, including but not limited to:


Internships offer practical, hands-on work experience and allow you the opportunity to develop a network of professional contacts that may lead to future job placements and guide your decision-making on future career interests. The Public Policy Internship immerses students in the real issues and challenges facing policy makers governing at federal, state and local levels. Participants in the program put knowledge into practice, hone leadership skills and gain a better understanding of the political process.

Study Abroad

Each PPP student participates in a study abroad trip.  Depending on their concentration, students may choose between a study abroad to Paris, France or Jerusalem, Israel.

The Paris seminar is a two-week long trip with course offerings in political science and philosophy. French and European students join Xavier students in classes taught by Xavier professors and European academics.

During the program students visit the U.S. Embassy, the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. The program ends with a group trip to Brussels, where students meet with representatives from the European Union and discuss the complexities of international politics.

For PPP students, this trip is an extension of the third-year sequence philosophy class, which discusses the Enlightenment and French Revolution.

Director: Steven Frankel. Courses offered: PHIL 415: Paris Seminar on Political Theory.*