Philosophy, Politics and Economics

How shall we govern ourselves, deal with one another and value the planet’s resources? How will we resolve disparities between the haves and the have nots? In our interconnected yet divided world, these are critical issues. Philosophy, politics and economics is an interdisciplinary program bringing together faculty from politics, business and religious studies to examine the way the world works.

“A Carroll student can be well-rounded while still completing their coursework.”
— Sami Seybold '18

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About the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Major

In Carroll University’s philosophy, politics and economics program, you’ll explore contemporary questions about wealth and poverty, the market economy and the relationship between the economic, political and legal orders in the context of philosophy, political science and economics.

In philosophy, you’ll learn the ideas and theories that shaped society and culture, and practice the intellectual tools needed for ethical reflection. In politics, you’ll learn the variety of political structures that govern society and the complexities involved in political choices. And in economics, you’ll learn about market forces and the social issues related to economic trends and decision-making.

Your main course of study will include core classes in the history and principles of philosophy, political theory, government structures and policy, macro and microeconomics and economic history. You’ll be encouraged to seek internships related to your career goals and have opportunities for international study to broaden your perspective and obtain real-world experiences. And in your final year, you’ll undertake a senior research project designed and completed under the individual supervision of a faculty mentor that will integrate your learning in all three fields.

You’ll emerge with a deeper understanding of how people shape societies, govern themselves and determine their values. An education in this program will prepare you for law school, numerous graduate programs or for careers in fields such as foreign service, politics, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), journalism or international business.


In addition to the major, Carroll offers a minor in philosophy that complements many areas of study:


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Law firms
  • Financial institutions
  • Political campaigns
  • Development agencies in Wisconsin, Illinois and Washington, D.C.


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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“I have been able to complete my double major and a minor in four years.”
— John Serrano '18

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