Philosophy, Politics, and the Public Honors Program


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 flexible nature of the curriculum allows students to dive deeper into whichever field(s) they choose. As a result, many students add a second major.  

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 

PPP students are awarded a scholarship to support a study abroad experience. They can study abroad for a semester at a Xavier partner institution, or participate in a PPP faculty-led study abroad program. All interested students are guaranteed a spot in the early-summer, two-week Ethics and Aesthetics of Memory program in Berlin. And seats are reserved for a number of students in the winter break Jerusalem program.