Our world is shaped by institutions and organizations that have a profound impact on our lives. Understanding how they work, appreciating their interactions, seeing their impact, and being able to assess their value, is crucial.

Following the example of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Thomas Malthus, John Stuart Mill, and Karl Marx, the PPE Program’s mission is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of social, economic, political and moral problems. With this in mind, PPE students cross the borders of key academic disciplines, integrating the methods, tools, and insights of philosophy, politics, and economics.

 The UNC-Duke PPE Program offers a minor at UNC and a certificate at Duke. Students pursuing either the minor or the certificate can take courses at the other school to meet the relevant requirements. The Gateway and Capstone courses are often co-convened, meeting for half the semester at Duke and for half at UNC.


Thanks to its stress on the development of transferable skills and its mixture of qualitative and quantitative analysis, the PPE Program prepares students well for a great variety of careers in different fields. Possible career paths include:

  • Private sector: management, consulting, business administration, law, journalism, finance, etc.
  • Public sector and NGOs: government, public administration, political parties, public policy, health care, non-profit organizations, foundations, unions, etc.
  • Academia: excellent preparation for law school, medical school, business school, and Masters and PhD programs in the disciplines of philosophy, politics, and economics, as well as all other social sciences that demand rigorous analytical skills.

University Career Services offers a broad range of support for Carolina students looking into various careers as well as graduate programs.

Why Minor in PPE?

Jonathan Anomaly blogs about it here.

Ready to Declare?

To declare the PPE Minor, please make an appointment with your academic advisor (details here). The process shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes! For general questions and advice, feel free to email ppeprogram@unc.edu or stop by our administrative office (Caldwell 109A and 112B).
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