The Aequitas Fellowship Program in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) serves as one of four Aequitas Fellowship Programs and combines a series of common courses, reading and discussion groups, internships, and research opportunities designed to recognize, encourage, and deepen students’ ability to engage a wide variety of public policy issues with the skills and knowledge drawn from the intersection of all three disciplines. Students familiar with all three disciplines will better understand and be able to work effectively toward solutions to a wide variety of problems in both the private and public sector, thus making them better prepared to “benefit society” in whatever vocation they may pursue.
Students begin the fellowship program with AQTS 151 Issues in Political Economy, which introduces them to some key texts and central issues in the field. Students then take a sequence of courses across the disciplines that culminate in a program capstone course. AQTS 152, AQTS 251, and AQTS 252 are one-credit reading course that students participate in starting the spring of their first year. The AQTS 451 Aequitas PPE Summer Experience requirement can be fulfilled through an approved internship, participation in FPE’s International Study Program, or summer research with a faculty member. The PPE 492 Political Economy Capstone will be a semester-long applied research project developed in coordination with local government, a national think-tank, or Wheaton College faculty. Substitutions can be made with the permission of the Aequitas program.
Aequitas Fellowship Program in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics: 27 Credits
|AQTS 151||Issues in Political Economy||2|
|PPE 201||Introduction to Political Economy||4|
|PSCI 145||Political Philosophy||4|
|AQTS 152||Readings in PPE||1|
|ECON 211||Principles of Microeconomics||4|
|PHIL 311||History of Philosophy - Ancient and Medieval 1||4|
|or PHIL 312||History of Philosophy: Modern & Contemporary|
|AQTS 251||Advanced Readings in PPE||1|
|AQTS 252||Advanced Readings in PPE II||1|
|AQTS 451||Aequitas PPE Summer Experience||0|
|PPE 492||Political Economy Capstone||2|
|Choose one of:||4|
|Wealth & Poverty of Nations|
or IR 379
|International Political Economy|
or PSCI 343
or PHIL 251
or PHIL 205
|Ethics & Society|
or PHIL 311
|History of Philosophy - Ancient and Medieval|
or PHIL 312
|History of Philosophy: Modern & Contemporary|
Students are required to take either PHIL 311 or PHIL 312. If PHIL 311 is taken, it can't count as the 4 hr elective course also . If PHIL 312 is taken it can't count as the 4 hr elective course also.
In addition to these course requirements, students will have additional opportunities to participate in and help organize policy colloquiums hosted by the Wheaton Center on Faith, Politics, and Economics.
- Students are advised to take AQTS 151, (PPE 201 or PSCI 145), and AQTS 152 during their first year in the program.
- Students are advised to take ECON 211, (PPE 201 or PSCI 145), (PHIL 311 or PHIL 312), AQTS 251, AQTS 252, and AQTS 451 during their second year in the program.
- Students are advised to take their 4 hr elective from the courses listed during the third or fourth year in the program. Students should complete AQTS 451 during the third or fourth year in the program if the requirement has not previously been met.
- Students are advised to take PPE 492 capstone during the third or fourth year in the program.