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Penn PPE major = philosophy, polit science and eco

upenn_rocksupenn_rocks Posts: 123Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2006 in University of Pennsylvania
I got admitted to the College of Upenn. I totally love this combination of subjects, but I was wondering how successful can I be in life with this major (considering the opportunity cost of not studying business in Wharton, which is amazing monetarily but in second place in how much it interests me). Im wondering what career possibilities and with what salary are possible with this major. I am really interested in int. affairs (did MUN for many years and loved it) BUT I will probably never have a US cititzenship and therefore any place in the US government is out of question (I have Slovak citizenship and the gov. salaries here are ****ty). I was thinkin maybe workin for the UN or another int. org. but then I thought that such jobs have a ceiling to how much u can earn, while business is unlimited.

Thanks a lot for any advice.
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Replies to: Penn PPE major = philosophy, polit science and eco

  • KlogonKlogon Posts: 290Registered User Junior Member
    Money is overrated
  • sweetnsarahsweetnsarah Posts: 450Registered User Member
    You can do a lot with that. I don't remember where I saw it, but I was reading an article a few days ago how Philosophy and Econ majors are among the top scorers on LSATs to get into law school. Also with Econ majors, they are recruited by businesses, but you could always go to grad school for business if that's what you want (I can't really understand the sentence about business at Wharton).
  • ThomasH32ThomasH32 Posts: 731Registered User Member
    Out of last year's graduates of the PPE major, six of them were working on Wall Street at I-Banks. Six were attending Ivy League law schools. 8-10 were analysts at other I-Banks (not all Wall Street). The point is, it is a very well-respected major by companies/graduate schools.
  • ThomasH32ThomasH32 Posts: 731Registered User Member
    Here is the list of job positions of PPE graduates from Penn's Career Services website:

    http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/college/majors/ppe.html
  • UpennohtenUpennohten Posts: 76Registered User Junior Member
    my interviewer thought PPE was a "soft major."

    Don't know what this means, but he didn't sound too high on it. I stopped by the College's advising office last week to talk, and they were extremely helpful + accessible, so don't stress. you have plenty of time and people willing to help.
  • fuzzman8mefuzzman8me Posts: 198Registered User Junior Member
    Klogon wrote:
    Money is overrated

    Haha, that was a good one.
  • ThomasH32ThomasH32 Posts: 731Registered User Member
    That's why in life, it's always best to do your own research. DO NOT go strictly on what any advisor or anyone else tells you. People can be very incompetent. Always do your own research when it comes to majors and any other things you may be interested in.
  • jpps1jpps1 Posts: 1,993. Senior Member
    I think it's a little BS...basically minoring in three different areas instead of getting a really rigorous education in one of them. But I guess it's great if you're not really dead-set on anything specific and find those three areas interesting.
  • Mexican BulldogMexican Bulldog Posts: 137Registered User Junior Member
    I know a guy who recently graduated PPE @ Penn and now goes to Yale Law School.
  • jpps1jpps1 Posts: 1,993. Senior Member
    What's your point? Anyone with a good (re: 3.7+) GPA in any major at Penn can get into a top 5 law school.
  • Mexican BulldogMexican Bulldog Posts: 137Registered User Junior Member
    I was just trying to corroborate that PPE is a good program. This guy got into Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Stanford Law.

    Although you're probably right, a higher GPA regardless of major is more important.
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